Nature: Birds of the Gods
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I've watched other PBS DVDs on birds and loved the Nature: Hummingbird dvd. It also included a little more footage than I wanted to see on bird banders. But on the whole, the documentary achieved a good balance between the scientist footage and bird footage. In Birds of Paradise, I felt like I learned more about the scientists researching the birds than I did the birds.
Narrated by David Attenborough, there is a brief introduction to New Guinea tribes and their customs which threaten the survival of the birds. We follow a native bird conservationist group which include locals, Miriam Supuma and Paul Igag, who go through great efforts to document and count the bird species.
New Guinea bird species are also called birds of paradise due to their exotic plumage and courting behaviors.
Here are the birds of paradise covered in this video.
King bird of paradise
Greater birds of paradise
Raggiana bird of paradise
Rifle bird of paradise
Lawe's parotia bird of paradise
Magnificent bird of paradise
Wilson's bird of paradise
Blue bird of paradise
Superb bird of paradise
As another person wrote, regarding wanting to see more bird species, I agree. But I understand the need to highlight bird conservancy.
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their displays, renders me speechless. Good insight into what is done to protect and preserve them; but also being sensitive to the traditions of the native tribes of the region. I also possess "Attenborough In Paradise", which is equally spectacular.
The two researchers who are also natives, take one of David Attenborough teams to some very remote sites to see and record some of these amazing and other worldly birds. The love of the land, these two individuals have for their home is obvious and they make it their life's work to count and monitor the populations of these birds to determine what conservation actions are needed to insure these birds are here for future generations to enjoy. I wish I had the opportunity to join these two researchers on their quest.
Although I know this is not the forum for the recently released National geographic version I just wanted to add that having just seen it I personally found David Attenborough's version, much more interesting. Nat. Geo. version again does not have much video on the birds themselves, in all fairness, they are hard to find and take videos of (although the quality and shots of the birds are better compared with Birds of the Gods) you will get lots of video of the photographer and the videographer, either setting up cameras, facing hardships, not to mention girls hauling their equipment around. I recommend borrowing a copy of the Nat.Geo. version so you can see the awesome video (what little there is of it) before buying it. But "Birds of the God's" at least for me is a keeper, and one I will see again.
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Everyone should see this video and let their minds be blown away by these birds. They are the stuff of wonders on this planet!!!Published 8 months ago by Songbird
This footage is astonishing. I am not a birder. I speak as someone who is thrilled by wildlife and the beauty of nature. We have watched this at least 3 times. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Clew
I ordered this to help make up for the Attenborough in Paradise not working. It is a great DVD and worth the money!Published 22 months ago by A. Mills
The authors take you through their incredible years' long journey to capture these photos and increase our knowledge of these birds. Read morePublished on February 2, 2014 by Photoboy