Steven Spiel-BIRD: Which Bird Filmmaker Shot the Best Video?

February 28, 2014 - 11:30 AM

Birds have started filming movies, and they're about to give Scorsese and Spielberg a run for their money. Take a look at the videos shot by these bird film makers and vote for your favorite in the comments section.

1.      A striated caracara, a falcon-like bird, picks up a spy egg-cam and flies it over a Rockhopper Penguin colony, capturing the first ever aerial footage of a colony shot by a flying bird. After the caracara drops the camera, a pair of turkey vultures kick the camera down the hill. The footage is part of the BBC series Penguins - Spy in the Huddle, narrated by David Tennant and directed by John Downer.


2.      A young sea eagle steals a video camera that was set up to record footage of saltwater crocodiles on the banks of the Margaret River in the Western Australian region of Kimberley. The bird flies off with the camera, and the sound of its wings flapping vigorously is heard. The young eagle then sets the camera down and begins to peck at the lens. The camera owners didn't find the camera until weeks later, over 100 kilometers upriver from the original location.

3.      An orphaned pelican was abandoned by its flock in the Mahale Mountains of Tanzania after it could not fly. It is rescued by humans at the Greystoke Mahale resort who helpfully attach a GoPro camera to his beak after teaching him to fly. Bigbird, the nickname the staff gave the pelican, then takes flight around Mahale Mountain National Park.