A fascinating documentary that explores the work of the world's leading scientists and explores how the unconscious brain shapes our attention, perception and memory
“Migrating Birds – Scouts of distant Worlds” accompanies with breathtaking aerial footage our white storks on their first trip over France and Spain, the huge waters of the Strait of Gibraltar and the dangerous Sahara in order to reach the elephants and giraffes in Kenia and Tanzania. It is a perilous journey for the young Borni and his traveling mates.
The film team is there when greylag geese hatch, when they train with their beloved human and finally discover the adventure of flying – in the service of science – and with tiny transmitters and data-loggers attached to their back. Despite all the groundbreaking discoveries of recent years, we still don’t not even understand completely how birds find their way.
Through light and small transmitters scientists want to register every movement of their flight and relay their GPS coordinates and get a wealth of new data on altitude, air resistance and energy consumption, or changes in the environment.
Their aim is not only to unravel the mysteries of bird flight but also to better understand and predict through these data everything on local wind conditions, catastrophic storms, incipient earthquakes and even locust plagues. When birds change their flight routes, there’s always a reason – and future changes could be so radical to turn our migrating birds into permanent residents.
Meanwhile a team of researchers is teaching a group of Northern bald ibises to become migratory birds again. The cute birds were extinct in Europe over 300 years ago. It is an extraordinary flying experience between humans and animals to travel in an ultra-light over the Alps and glide over Venice, Florence and down to the South of Tuscany.
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A colourFIELD production commissioned by ARTE in co-operation with ZDF
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