Bird Language Basics with Jon Young
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Join expert tracker and nature mentor Jon Young on this journey examining the language of birds. This set will give you the tools you need to see the landscape through the eyes of the birds, and bringing you to a more intimate relationship with the world unfolding outside your door. Bird Language Basics- Through animations, nature footage and Jon Young’s compelling narration, you will learn the basic tools necessary to begin deciphering the language hidden in the vocalizations and behaviors of common song birds. In Bird Language Basics we will examine; the 5 Voices of the Birds, the 12 Shapes of Alarm, and the five “Best” Bird Language Birds. You will never look at a song bird the same way again!
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This DVD set "Bird Language with Jon Young - How to Interpret the Behaviors and Patterns of Nature" is an indispensable tool to learning and understanding the art and science of bird language. This DVD is a standalone tool to learning this "foreign" language, but I highly recommend it be used in conjunction with Jon Young's book "What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World" (see my Amazon review) to give you all the information that is available to date for the general public outside of attending a seminar.
My perspective and review is a 180-degrees from most reviews you will read about this product. I love nature, wildlife and I am an avid tracker. However, my review will focus on the tactical edge this skill-set can provide the individual operating in harm's way. Understanding the cues, alarms, calls and sign of wildlife and in particular birds is not new. It has been used by man for centuries for hunting and warfare to "alarm" man to the presence and/or danger of a predator. These hunters and warriors may have not known that they were interpreting this language, but learned and understood it instinctively. What this DVD set does is bring this foreign language to anybody willing to learn it by distilling years (and years) of lessons learned into a two-hour block of instruction to give the viewer an accelerated learning curve. I have used this art and science of bird language while hunting and operationally in combat, in an assortment of far-off foreign lands of Africa and other exotic locations with extraordinary results. This bird langue is universal and can be effectively used in any environment and I have done it. I could even boost that it has saved my life. But understand I am by no means an expert in bird language, but I have learned enough of the fundamentals to enhance my tactical awareness.
This DVD covers all fundamentals to enhance your awareness that have given me the tactical edge. The DVD guides you through the understanding of how the "bird" know and understand there environment baseline and cue off of disturbances to this baseline alerting the individuals who understand this language. These cues come from the interpretation of varies vocalization (song, call, alarm, begging, aggression, etc.), behavior and/or kinesics (hook, plow, bullet, popcorn, etc.). Understanding this language and employing it tactically allows you to move and operate with stealth, without disturbing the baseline. Whereas the uninitiated to this understanding create disturbances to the baseline, in turn making concentric rings of alarms from various wildlife giving their presence away. Overall the DVD covers a host of material with a complete training outline; I wish I had the DVD set years ago. If I had I would have eliminated a host of trial and errors. I recommend this DVD not only to naturalist, but hunters, survivalist, and military personnel looking for that tactical advantage.
I also recommend looking into the following if you find this DVD set interesting;
"What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World". This is a great companion to this DVD set.
"Animal Tracking Basics" by Tiffany Morgan and Jon Young. This book has a whole chapter on bird language.
"Guide to Night Sounds, A: The Nighttime Sounds of 60 Mammals, Birds, Amphibians, and Insects" and "The Frogs and Toads of North America: A Comprehensive Guide to Their Identification, Behavior, and Calls" by Lang Elliott
"Advanced Bird Language" by Jon Young is an excellent audio CD to the book.
DISK 1 (59 Minutes)
-Shapes of Alarm
-Bird Language Birds
DISK 2 (65 Minutes)
Additional Item: Laminate Bird Language Reference Card/Sheet
We see and hear Jon himself narrating a hour long discussion of bird language. This is presented in a easy to understand and easy to apply way. We see many videos of, and hear several demonstrations of birds' songs, companion calls, juvenile begging, territorial aggression, and their many alarms, both sound and movement. We hear both described and demonstrated how the birds react to different threats. We hear discussions of and videos of various bushman natives using the bird language to stay alive in their world.
I would strongly recommend both this dvd, and its companion book, to anyone wanting to work or recreate in the out doors. By listening and being aware, you yourself can avail yourself of the alarms and warnings being presented around you. You may be the cause of the alarms. Hopefully you can learn how to decrease the alarms you incite. Or, you may be the prey of a predator. The birds will warn you. You can locate game, and avoid spooking game by being aware of the bird language in an area. You can greatly increase the number of wildlife you will encounter by listening to the bird language.
There is a bonus material dvd which gives a detailed discussion and demonstration of a group of young adults learning bird language, along with listing several good other sources. But with the knowledge Jon imparts himself on this dvd, any individual can begin to decipher what the birds are saying.
So, grab and listen to this dvd, and head outdoors to practice a very rewarding tool or hobby.