Dec 23 2010

Behind the Scenes of “Hummingbirds”

Published by at 7:26 am under Beyond Bounds


This video is so cool you really must see it.

It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the making of PBS’s NATURE show Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air.  In it the producer describes how they filmed these tiny birds and what they learned.

Bird watchers and photographers can relate to their experience, how hard it was to capture what they were looking for and how rewarding it was when they did.  I felt a kinship when the team spent days trying to get a split-second video of a hummingbird catching an insect.

And what an expensive video endeavour!  You’ll be amazed by NATURE’s cameras and lenses.

So click on the video and enjoy.  You’ll be dazzled.  I guarantee it!

(video from PBS NATURE)

p.s. If you didn’t see Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air when it premiered last January 10th on PBS’s NATURE or this month when WQED re-broadcast it during our year-end fund-raising effort, you can view its entire 50 minutes online here.

10 responses so far

10 Responses to “Behind the Scenes of “Hummingbirds””

  1. Kathleen Evanson 23 Dec 2010 at 9:30 am

    Really neat stuff, thanks for posting this.

  2. Harrietton 23 Dec 2010 at 9:45 am

    Kate…that was wonderful. Thank you. Having watched the PBS special several times this was icing on the cake to see how it was made.

  3. faith cornellon 23 Dec 2010 at 10:53 am

    This was an awesome film. Its one thing to watch large whales & penquins but these little guys are so intriguing & aggressive when they have to be I was surprised. But the films was really magnificant & I was so delighted sitting on my sofa that I often caught myself applauding at what they able to show us. Truly a magical nature moment. Hope this can keep on the air always.

  4. Kathyon 23 Dec 2010 at 10:55 am

    Really wonderful!! Thank you!

  5. Ruthon 23 Dec 2010 at 1:16 pm

    I have this video. It is truly amazing.Watching how the made the video is also wonderful.

  6. Marianneon 23 Dec 2010 at 3:48 pm

    I love to watch “behind the scenes” things. Thanks for sharing that and the link to the whole show!

  7. barbaraon 23 Dec 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Thank you so much for putting the link on of the 50 minute special on Hummingbirds. I don’t have a TV so I miss many of the great nature shows. Won’t miss this one! — barbara

  8. Markon 24 Dec 2010 at 8:42 am

    Really cool Kate! Thanks.

  9. Chris Fennimoreon 15 Oct 2014 at 9:39 am

    Kate, have you ever seen the film “First Flight”? It was shot by Don Carroll and a story was written by his wife Noriko. The footage is extraordinary.

  10. Kate St. Johnon 15 Oct 2014 at 11:15 am

    Chris, no I haven’t. I’ll look into it. If you know of a place to find it, let me know.

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