Aesop said, “It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds”.  Yes, it takes more than that. Ever wondered what it is to fly like a bird?

Winged Migration is a documentary about birds which fly from one pole to another and return back in the same year. All for a single reason – Survival. No more food? Time to move. And the journey starts.

“For eighty million years, birds have ruled the skies, seas, and earth. Each spring, they fly vast distances. Each fall, they fly the same route back. This film is the result of four years following their amazing odysseys, in the northern hemisphere and then the south, species by species, flying over seas and continents.” — Jacques Perrin (Writer, Director of Winged Migration)

Five teams of people (more than 450 people, including 17 pilots and 14 cinematographers) followed a variety of bird migrations through forty countries and each of the seven continents. The film covers landscapes that range from the Eiffel Tower and Monument Valley to the remote reaches of the Arctic and the Amazon.

All manner of man-made machines were employed, including planes, gliders, helicopters, balloons, and numerous innovative techniques and ingeniously designed cameras were utilized to allow the filmmakers to fly alongside, above, below and even in front of their subjects. Yes. You heard it right. In front of the birds flying towards them at an insane altitude. The result is a film of staggering beauty that opens one’s eyes to the ineffable wonders of the natural world.

Adding to the beauty of nature, the background score kills it. I felt that I should have some company with me to enjoy the beauty of this splendor. Nevertheless, it was a great pleasure watching the world of birds from their tail. I just couldn’t get enough of it.

Miss this one now and you will regret it later.

Watch the trailer here.

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