Fwd: [BIRDING-AUS] Travelling Birds

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From: Dr Richard Nowotny <>
Date: Tue, 08 Jul 2003 00:08:02 +1000
Hmm.  Hi Edwin.  I had a slightly different reaction - as follows:

Photography:  13/10!!  Essential viewing for the astonishing, breathtaking, superb photography alone.

Story-line (??):  5/10  (but many people, perhaps including yourself, see the film as more of a work of art than a semi-doco - which I accept, but don't enjoy as much as superb filming PLUS a quality script to support and enrich it).

Variety:  7/10  I understand the reasons for it, but I had steadily decreasing interest in the repeated shots (however spectacular) of geese of one kind or another flying 1500 miles (!) from somewhere to somewhere else without apparent (or at least enunciated) reason or purpose.  (I was, sadly, reminded of that classic line in an old Monty Python travelogue on Venice: "another gondola".)
Greater avian variety would certainly have been welcomed by this viewer.

AS AN OVERALL 90 Min CINEMA EXPERIENCE:  7/10 (maybe 8 in retrospect).

BUT - I wouldn't have missed it for the world.  A wonderful if, in my view, somewhat flawed experience.  I wonder what his next film, on waves, will be like?  I suspect somewhat similar - and I will certainly go and see it.

Regards.     Richard

From: "Edwin Vella" <>
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Subject: Travelling Birds
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2003 15:50:28 +1000

Went to see this documentary last Saturday at the Sydney Fox studios. It was awesome (if there is no better word to describe it) and definately one of the best documentary's I've seen (if not the best). I would strongly recommend everyone (not just those interested in birds) to see this. Plenty of superb and fairly well known secenery from a bird eye view. Definately worth seeing on the big screen. The Artcic Tern was great and so was the Red-breasted Geese (we'll I should not give too much away). That dead Tern that was dying and later eaten away by the crabs was a Black Tern in non-breeding plumage!
My rating 10 out of 10 definately.

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