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Wingbeats to the Amazon - The Secrets of Nature


Arlberg - The Hidden Paradise - The Secrets of Nature

Snow masses pile up in abundance on the deep snow-covered slopes. The wind has created bizarre snowdrifts on the steep mountain ridges, and further below, the Swiss pine carry the weight of this sparkling splendor. Arlberg is the embodiment of an idyllic winter and the cradle of alpine skiing. However, this famous ski resort that connects Tyrol with Vorarlberg, offers a lot more than expected. A bit of untouched nature has been preserved in the hardly accessible valleys and the cliffy massifs.

Birds of Borneo

688 bird species, 60 endemic species Remarkable!

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Borneo is a destination renowned among nature lovers for its flora and fauna, and ultimately for its bird life. With a vast array of habitats with their own specialized birds, It is a haven for birding enthusiasts. In Borneo, a total of 688 resident and migratory species of bird, with 60 species endemic to Borneo and 33 are montane species. Mount Kinabalu is regarded as a distribution centre for Borneo’s montane birds. Among the most sought after endemic species are the Whitehead’s Trogon and Whitehead’s Broadbill, the Blue-headed Pitta and the vividly coloured Blue-banded Pitta, the large and distinctly coloured Bornean Ground Cuckoo, the rare and ungainly Bornean Bristlehead, as well as the Golden-naped Barbet with its signature trilling call.See photo essay here:


Amazon Animals Discover Themselves in a Mirror | Nat Geo Wild

A mirror was set up in the Amazon rainforest, an assortment of animals approached to investigate their reflection.
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A wildlife photography workshop called Untamed Photography set up the mirror with the aim to better understand intelligence of big cats in the Amazon. Wild cats and other animals that approached reacted in various ways. Some were scared. Others were curious. It’s relatively rare for an animal to have the capacity for self-recognition. It takes human babies 18 to 24 months to catch on to what they're seeing in the mirror. Some animals like dolphins, elephants, and some great apes know they’re looking at themselves. Others just stand perplexed in front of the glass.

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Wild and the West - The Secrets of Nature

For the past one-hundred years westerns have awoken a longing for real adventure and for the big undiscovered country-- and they've been so successful that most people it's easy to picture the Wild West: Dust blowing through the prominent rock formations of Monument Valley. Endless deserts which test the endurance of righteous men and provide a perfect hiding place for outlaws. Rapid rivers, on the other side of which, a new and better life awaits.

Namaqualand - Africa's Desert Garden - The Secrets of Nature

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Namaqualand - the setting for an annual wildlife fairytale. Every year in the narrow window between the cold wet winter and scorchingly-hot, dry summer, flowers of all description bloom in carpets of colours unimaginable, insects of equal diversity pollinate and predate, and everything form meerkats to ostriches breed. This film chronicles the magical transformation of a landscape - from the fantasy of fields of flowers to the harsh realities of a desert, and back again and uses a gang of meerkats and a group of ostriches as main characters who develop during the seasonal changes.

The wonderful world of the woods - part 1

Enter the wonderful world of the woods.
Treat yourself to an absolutely fascinating walk in the forest.
After watching this film, future visits to the woods will be a completely new experience: insights into the greater and smaller secrets of the forest, the biodiversity of the flora and fauna within the forest symbiosis as it has never been seen before.

Viewers virtually accompany a female nature enthusiast who spends every available minute in the forest to be able to observe as many animals in their natural habitat as she can. For more than a year, her hunting trips, full of interesting and exciting observations, are caught on camera. Not only the larger mammals, such as roes, foxes, wild boars and deer are the focus of attention, but also smaller animals like wildcats, stone martens, squirrels or wood mice; but birds too, especially woodpeckers, while ravens, sparrow hawks, chaffinches, robins and black storks, all play an important role.

The Amazon Adventure - Into the heart of south america - Hapay-Lloyd Cruises

The world’s largest river runs right through the biggest rainforest and on our cruises you will follow the river from its mouth to deep into the jungle. Only a small, manoeuvrable expedition ship like the HANSEATIC or the BREMEN can penetrate so deep into the green treasure chest of the Amazon, in which nature has produced a unique level of variety. The Zodiacs will ensure a particularly intense jungle experience - getting right up close to the myth of the Amazon.

The Carnic Alps - Nature’s Treasure Trove - The Secrets of Nature

Austria's southern region boasts a mountain range that seems to consist of nothing but borders: the Carnic Alps.This is where cultures, languages and lifestyles meet, where Mother Nature provides a glimpse of the history of our planet Earth and where a soft breeze from the sea hits the cold Alpine wall. It is a place of close encounter of three languages: Slovenian, German and Italian. Apart from the geographical border position, it is the steep mountain cliffs, the narrow valleys and the diversity of these borders that have shaped people’s mentality. At a distance of approximately 60 miles from the sea, the impact on the weather is obvious. When the clouds come pushing to the North from the Adriatic Sea, they eventually hit the main ridge of the Carnic Alps, which forces them to stop for a rest and shed rain. Finally, the geological history of Mother Earth has formed its own boundaries here between the earth’s ages.

Puszta - Land of Salt and Sand - The Secrets of Nature

Less than an hour’s drive south of Hungary’s capital Budapest, Central Europe’s last and only wandering sand dunes surprise the traveller. These dunes are some 600 feet high and in continuous motion, shaping a landscape one would only expect in Africa. Spring storms whip up giant clouds of fine sand that darken the sun and loom over the low Kecskemet plain.

Tough at the Top - The Secrets of Nature

The rising tide of our civilisation has not yet flooded the last peaks of the Alps. The Hohe Tauern mountain range is a high Alpine wilderness harbouring natural treasures that many people hardly know about, even from hearsay. Their intact habitats make them a Noah's ark of Alpine flora and fauna. At the same time, this is a world of mountains in the superlative, with the highest peaks in Austria, the biggest glacial surfaces in the eastern Alps and water falls that are among the highest in the world.The documentary shows a series of barely known, extremely shy or rare animals of the high mountains of Upper Austria for the first time. It took two years to complete the complicated shooting during which the camera team had to cope with the harsh conditions in exactly the same way the animals of these high altitudes do, to capture an intimate look into the secretive life of these shyest of mountain creatures.

The Four Alps - The Secrets of Nature

For as long as there has been human memory we have been fascinated by mountains.They have been forced up by the mighty inner forces of the planet. And they are worn down by the forces of wind and flowing water and ice, and by perhaps the greatest force of all -- time.They have been places both of spiritual retreat and high peaks to be conquered. Places where humans have stretched their powers of endurance to the very limits or have searched for peace and tranquillity.

THE BIRDERS | A Melodic Journey through Northern Colombia

The Birders, a documentary film on Colombian bird diversity and birdwatching presented by ProColombia, with support of FONTUR and directed by Gregg Bleakney.

The film highlights Colombian local birdwatching guide, Diego Calderon-Franco and National Geographic photographer / videographer Keith Ladzinski as they travel through one of the most diverse bird regions in the world to capture new and rare birds that have never been filmed before.

The Birders, also takes people through the Colombian landscape, highlighting several of its’ top locations, culture, birds and music. As well as; Los Flamencos Fauna and Flora Sanctuary, in the Guajira Peninsula. El Dorado Bird Reserve, in the Santa Marta Mountains. Minca and surroundings, in the Santa Marta Mountains. Tayrona National Natural Park and El Chamicero del Perija Bird Reserve, in the Perija Mountains.

The films aims to change the perception of Colombia through showcasing the diversity of birds who live there.

“Birdwatching in Colombia is a real adventure. These guides and biologists are always finding new things”, says director Gregg Bleakney. Diego Calderón agrees, “Being a bird guide in Colombia is absolutely crazy, we are basically living the Victorian times of exploration.

You can choose a remote corner of the country and almost for sure you are going to find surprises: new species, new subspecies, new range extensions. Colombia is a box of surprises!”

Along with the unique birds and exquisite landscape, The Birders incorporates an original score from local musicians inspired by the bird songs found in the film.

Mucho Indio - Teto Ocampo

Teto Ocampo has spent the past 10 years learning to play the Arhuaco people’s ancestral songs. Though his band, Mucho Indio, Teto takes listeners on a cosmic journey through space and time by translating Colombia’s most ancestral melody, the song of the hummingbird, to a modern format. He composed the melody with a rare charu flute, an instrument that only a handful of people on planet have the knowledge to play.

Song name: Kumuchikayu

Sidestepper English musician Richard Blair is most well known as the founding member of Sidestepper, a pioneering Colombian band that has paved the way for a modern generation of Colombian artists who have successfully gone global through mixing local and foreign musical concepts.

Richard’s meditative song was inspired by “mixed migrant flocks, a phenomenon where foreign birds migrate to Colombia’s Caribbean region to live, travel and sing with local groups of birds.

Song name: To Close Your Eyes

Ghetto Kumbé Together with the team of the documentary, Edgardo Garcés travelled to his birthplace of La Guajira to record the song of the Vermilion Cardinal. Edgardo tattooed the bird on his arm to ground himself after the death of his parents. He had never seen the bird in the wild before. The story of this eye-catching bird’s connection to indigenous Wayúu culture is the inspiration for this modern Afro-Colombian electronic song.

Song name: Soy Guajira

Frente Cumbiero Using Colombian Cumbia as its base, Mario Galeano and his band Frente Cumbiero composed a modern take on the classic USA surf songs of the 1960s, but with a birder’s soul. The song draws inspiration from the endemic Santa Marta Parakeet. These social birds
live in flocks on a massive ridgeline overlooking the Caribbean Sea and Magdalena River Valley, the birthplace of Cumbia music.

Song name: Parakeet Ridge

El Leopardo With his band El Leopardo, Daniel Broderick (aka Dani Boom) composed a thumping electronic club song that mirrors the Manakin bird’s slow build-up to a frenetic courtship display. The mechanical clapping sound of the White-bearded Manakin’s wings, recorded by the documentary team in Tayrona National Park, is the foundation of Dani’s composition. The courtship call of the Lance-tailed Manakin provided a secondary melody.

Song name: Manakin Boom








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Spring - The time of nature's rebirth

This film explores Central Europe and presents the nature from a perspective you have never seen before. Fascinating landscape footage in high-quality HD technology, coupled with spectacular Cineflex aerial views, take us on a journey through the hitherto unknown blazes of colour of the Central European region and its inhabitants. We show you paradise on earth and demonstrate how climate and astronomy determine our life cycle.

While seasons change, we visit several different European habitats that - in their diversity, are exemplary of a Central European region. Mountains, water, forests and meadows: we return to each of these habitats at different times of the year and show how the rhythm of life of each of our protagonists follows nature's clock.

The four seasons determine all of the coming and passing away; a highly complex interplay in the universe of life. We explore the wondrous worlds of the mysterious cycle of nature together with extraordinary people. Breathtaking landscapes enable us to experience the change of seasons at first hand.

The wonderful world of birds

By monitoring ten interesting bird-watching locations, we document not only the silver herons in the Westerwald, but also the last great bustards in Havelland. Then there are the great crested grebes in their splendid plumages, shown building their nests and during courtship, in an area of extinct volcanoes: the Eiffel.
Add to this, exotic wild birds and colorful parakeets, the newest members of the population in a park in Wiesbaden. We have resting migratory birds, ducks and waders on the west banks of the Steinhuder Lake.
On the border to the Netherlands, in the moorlands near Münster, we find the only wild flamingos in Germany. Equally interesting are the fire geese, avocets and many birds of the coastal region not far from Hamburg harbor. At Federsee Lake in Upper Swabia, we observe the inhabitants of the extensive reed zones: bearded tits. Then we have the birds of fortune, the cranes, which interrupt their long journeys by resting on the Baltic coast. Last, but not least, in the Feldberg lake region we accompany the ranger on an exciting sea eagle excursion. With this film, you are invited to experience a journey through the wonderful world of birds.

Tasmania - Paradise at the End of the World - The Secrets of Nature

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It was only two hundred years ago that Tasmania was a British colony known as Van Diemens Land -- and so remote that its only use was as a penal settlement for the most hardened criminals. Times have definitely changed, yet that remote untamed island of history is never far away.

Today Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, is a bustling modern city and busy port. Mount Wellington rises straight out of the city to more than 1200 metres. It's possible-- in just a little over half an hour - to drive from a city centre restaurant to a wilderness where you could freeze to death. Even in summer snow can fall here. To the people of Hobart, this place is simply The Mountain - a finger of a vast and trackless wilderness pointing right at the heart of the city -- so it's not surprising that Tasmania's wild heritage plays a central role in the lives of the island's human inhabitants.

The Iron Forest - The Secrets of Nature

The youngest of Austria’s national parks is also the country’s biggest continuous forest area. Ten million trees make the labyrinthine, fissured karst formations of the Reichraming and Sensen mountain ranges an endless green wilderness. But these mountain forests that were originally almost impenetrable lie in the midst of Austria’s iron industry. For more than a thousand years, it supplied the fuel for smelting iron from innumerable little mines in the region, especially from the Styrian Erzberg.

Viennas Forests, Jewels of Green - The Secrets of Nature

Vienna's forests make a visual impact on the city's scenery -- being a source of life and sanctuary at the same time: They are omnipresent and an enormous asset, taken for granted by many. Perhaps no other European capital boasts so many acres of forest per inhabitant. There are the well-known Vienna woods in the west and north, the national park of the Danube wetlands to the east, and numerous groves and green corridors right amidst built-up urban space.

Almendro Tree of Life - The Secrets of Nature

The Almendro Tree must be the most impressive of all the jungle giants in Costa Rica's rainforest. From root to top, this unique tree offers habitats, shelter and nourishment to an incredible number of creatures. Whenever an Almendro goes down, almost the entire community goes down with it, demonstrating the fragility of interdependent systems. A dramatic example of this principle is the Great Green Macaw. Wherever the tree disappears, the parrot no longer is found.

Mountains in the Sun - The Secrets of Nature

The landscape of southern Lower Austria is characterised by the last undulations of the Alps. This film takes a cinematic journey through these so-called “sunny mountains”, showing their diverse nature and cultures in a comprehensive portrait of the region and its inhabitants.

Magnificent Birds of Borneo

Sabah is located on the northern most tip of Borneo and because of the varied habitats contained within its borders, supports one of the most stunning arrays of flora and fauna. This includes an amazingly abundant bird life that is becoming a star attraction for birders and nature enthusiasts from around the world.

Sabah has a remarkable range of habitats from montane forest to peat swamp, lowland rainforest to interior plains, and from the largest floodplain in Malaysia to coastal regions and islands that offer a truly exciting and rewarding experience for bird watchers.

A total of 688 resident and migratory species of birds have been recorded for Borneo, with 60 endemic species. Of major interest is the fact that many of these endemic species are found on either Sabah’s hill slopes or in its montane forest. The number of montane species is so significant that Mt Kinabalu, at 4,095m and one of the highest mountains in South East Asia is regarded as a distribution centre for all of Borneo’s montane birds. The lowland forest is home to more than 300 species of many colourful birds.

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