As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Sparrowhawk film - Narrated by Chris Packham


October 2012. Natural history and natural history film making were both created and sustained for many years by enthusiastic amateurs, but nowadays it often seems that you are not allowed to study the natural world unless you have a dozen college certificates in how to wear a hard hat or the correct way to step over a style (as long as it has been checked by the H & S department first). However, occasionally, a throwback to an earlier age comes out of the blue, and this is what has happened with David Culley.

David loved sparrowhawks, but couldn't find anyone to make a film for him, so he made it himself. It just took 10 years! He followed a pair of sparrowhawks from November, when the male arrives back to his nesting grounds, to when the birds disperse in August. The film also covers why as many as 19 species of songbirds choose to nest right next to the sparrowhawk! 

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