Birds, Birds, Birds! An Indoor Birdwatching Field Trip DVD Video Bird and Bird Song Guide
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The DVD can be viewed on the living room TV or on personal computers as a 70-minute bird-filled documentary. It also serves as an audio/visual reference guide-- one can use the easy-to-use menus to quickly find a particular bird (it contains 218 species found in Midwest and Eastern North America). The DVD is full of extraordinary photography, bird songs and with video footage.
Some features unique to the DVD include a collection of 18 quizzes and a section for comparing similar-sounding birds (for example, melodic, buzzy or unmusical). The narration for each bird does not occur immediately, allowing the viewer to guess what bird she is hearing and seeing. This quiz format keeps the viewer in a state of wonder and makes learning to identify birds more engaging and fun.
The focus of the narration is bird song and bird song mnemonics (such as "Who's awake? Me too" of the Great Horned Owl, or "Quick, three beers!" of the Olive-sided Flycatcher). Also, a bonus "Soundscape" track is included without narration to simulate a field trip to different habitats such as marsh, grassland and forest. This creates a very relaxing natural background which, along with the bird photos, can keep bird-watchers of any level, kids, babies, and pets (especially cats) enthralled for hours.
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Most birdwatchers, myself included, already own several bird guidebooks and bird song CDs. I'll be using the DVD to test and refresh my ID skills before Spring comes around. And I like to have the no-narration slideshow section playing as background music and eye candy. The soundscape track takes you on an indoor field trip to different habitats dripping with birds (such as a marsh, forest and grassland) and is especially nice in Winter when the birds aren't around.See all Editorial Reviews
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Please note: this DVD has but one aim: to familiarize the viewer/listener with birds and their songs and calls. If you want to learn more about these birds, I recommend Stokes' Field Guide to Birds, simply because it packs the most information on the same page of any guide that I own. For identification purposes and range, Sibley's Guide to Birds, in my opinion, is unsurpassed. And once your interest in birds leads you to ask more questions, by all means, treat yourself to Sir David Attenborough's marvelous The Life of Birds. I have both, the DVD set and the book, and I can only urge you to get the companion book as well since it is so wonderfully written. I found that I learned even more by reading the book after I had first watched the series on PBS. Sibley's Guide to Bird Behavior is also highly recommended.
There is a wealth of information out there on these feathered wonders, but for sheer beauty and clarity of sound, this DVD is worth every penny!
They are great for identifying birds
But there wasn't any entertainment
I learn something about birds too.