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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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.
I gave it 4 stars because it does what the title says it does, teaches the most basic of bird languages. It didn't do me much good because I already knew when a bird (or frog or howling coyote or barnyard sheep) goes abruptly quiet, it is for a reason. Or that a bird's alarm call means it's alarmed. I was hoping for a bit more; like the bubble talk of the cowbird means there are herd animals about, or that the chatter of the eagle can lead the tracker to the kill site, or that different water fowls calls can lead a person to the best fishing hole or even to water if one is thirsty, or the raven's pattern speaks to who or what is moving through the northern forest.
Again, great for the basics of bird language, which is what it says its going to do. I guess I was just hoping for a bit more.
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