Award Winning Nature Documentary Film,
“First Flight: A Mother Hummingbird's Story”

Children's Choice Panda Award Finalist at Wildscreen, Bristol, England • BEST of Category - INDEPENDENT, Merit Award for Storytelling, Merit Award for Educational Value, Merit Award for Animal Behavior and Merit Award for Backyard Nature at the 33rd International Wildlife Film Festival, Missoula, Montana • Special Jury Award at Matsalu International Nature Film Festival, Estonia • Official Selection of Blue Planet Film Fest, Santa Monica, California • Official Selection of ReFrame Peterborough International Film Festival, Canada • People's Choice Award at Imagine Science Film Festival, New York


Includes: “Secrets of the Hummingbird's Tongue”

First Flight DVD
  • 1 Honey and her babies
  • 2 How big is a Hummingbird's egg?
  • 3 It's about a coffee bean.
  • 4 Just Hatched!
  • 5 Honey flies in to feed Ray and Zen
  • 6 Honey and "Birthday" the cat
  • 6 Hummingbird's tongue is bifocated.
  • 6 each branch is translucent
  • 6 membranes are called lamellae

DVD with Extras!




Signed copy available upon request.




About First Flight

"Sometimes, the smallest thing can change your life..." one of the smallest birds in the world indeed changed the life of New York advertising photographers into the award winning film makers! Documenting the lucky finding of the tiny hummingbird's nest on the clothesline in their new home in Las Vegas, the Carrolls turned the story of Honey, the mother hummingbird and her little chicks into a book and a movie... This award winning film is now available on DVD. This charming nature documentary invites you to witness personal life of hummingbirds. Witness breathtaking moment of Honey laying her eggs and the tiny hatchlings Ray and Zen pecking themselves into a new life...

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Watch “First Flight” Movie Trailer
at International Wildlife Film Festival

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Movie Trailer of
“Secrets of the Hummingbird's Tongue”
People's Choice Award Winner!
- Imagine Science Film Festival New York

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What people are saying about the movie...


"First Flight: A Mother Hummingbird's Story" was nominated for Children's Choice Panda Award, at Wildscreen Film Festival in Bristol, UK. It is internationally acknowledged as the most influential and prestigious event in wildlife & environmental filmmaking.

Winner! Best Independent Award

The hummingbird nesting movie, "First Flight" won BEST of Category - INDEPENDENT, Merit Award for Storytelling, Merit Award for Educational Value, Merit Award for Animal Behavior and Merit Award for Backyard Nature at the 33rd International Wildlife Film Festival, Missoula, Montana!

Green Screen Festival 2011 Finalist!

Winner! People's Choice

“Secrets of the Hummingbird's Tongue” receives People's Choice Award at 2014 Imagine Science Film Festival in New York City

"I have loved and watched birds all my life, hummingbirds most especially. As soon as I heard about this film, I knew it would be wonderful, but it has exceeded my highest expectations! It brought tears to my eyes. Every aspect of this artistic documentary is perfect. I am so very grateful that you chose to share this intimate experience; what good fortune that your craft has blessed us all in the sharing."

— Sally M. Kayser

"You have to see it to believe it! The best documentation of the event that I have ever seen... bar none!"

— Bob Sargent
The Hummer/Bird Study Group

"I ordered your DVD, "First Flight: A Mother Hummingbird's Story" a few months ago. Although I've read several excellent books on hummingbirds, I've never seen anything like this wonderful DVD. There's just nothing like seeing the close-ups of Honey working on her nest, sitting on her eggs and taking care of little Ray and Zen. I was very taken with her loving care and attention to them. Honey's antics with the cat added a nice bit of humor to the film! I think it's wonderful that she comes back each year, and I do believe it's Honey. Noriko's voice has a wonderful calming tone for narration which I enjoyed listening to. I'm coming back now for the book. Thank you so much for this wonderful gift of a real glimpse of one of God's smallest miracles. I've looked at "my" hummingbirds in a different way this summer."

— Carol Richards
Knoxville, TN

"Your dvd is astonishing in its beauty and intimacy. Because the book is so remarkable, I often give it as a gift. Now to see these characters come to life is a rare thing. The music is just right, and so well done. Wonderful for children or adults, the story inspires anyone who sees it to be more observant of what is around us. Congratulations on this fine accomplishment.

— Linda Valle, Baltimore

"How absolutely beautiful and heartwarming. I just love it. I also bought and read your book but the video just adds that something special. I'm so glad you made it and so glad that I bought it. I will recommend it to everyone interested in hummingbirds."

— Arnette Heidcamp
Author of "A Hummingbird in My House: The Story of Squeak"

"It is absolutely enchanting!!! The photography is unbelievably good. I can't wait to send it to my brother for his birthday! Thanks for filming "First Flight" - it will thrill many many people."

— Dodie Wilcox
Randolph, NH

"In just a few magical moments, Honey, and a short while later, Ray and Zen captured my heart. You don't need to be an ornithologist or even a bird-watcher to enjoy this film. This unique and inspiring sequence of rare images will bring joy to the entire family who watch it. In fact, it is a truly a film about the importance of motherhood and family... from a very beautiful perspective."

— Gary W. Hall, M.D.
Vice President United States Olympians

"It is a lovely work, well designed and well executed. Noriko's narration is really charming. The hatching sequence is unique."

— Nancy L. Newfield
Author / Hummingbird Bander / Naturalist

"I just watched it, and WOW! I've seen 'em all, and this video gets my highest recommendation. Noriko and Don did the near-impossible, and I'm seriously impressed."

— Lanny Chambers
St. Louis, MO

"Beautiful film. Out standing work. The best hummingbird video I've ever seen."

— Jesse Hendrix
Hummingbird King

(SECRETS OF THE HUMMINGBIRD'S TONGUE) The images you obtained are Spectacular. These are by far the best images of hummingbirds drinking nectar ever shown. Even stepping away from my biased perspective, I think the segment is really inspiring and conveys unseen magic capturing the essence of the tongue dancing within the nectar. The milonga was a great musical choice, impeccable taste."

—Dr. Alejandro Rico
Guevara of the University of Connecticut's Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)

One of more than a dozen species of breeding hummingbirds within the continental United States, Black-chins are found from southern British Columbia throughout most of the Western United States and Mexico. Mexico is their favorite winter vacation spots.

Black-chins are small, weighing in about 3-3.5 grams. They are slender with a long fairly straight black bill, dull metallic bronze-green feathers on their back. The flanks are glossed with dull metallic green. Only the adult male has elegant purple band on lower throat, that appears black most of the time, but when the light hits the iridescent feathers, they sparkle like precious sapphires... Female is larger than male, chin and throat off-white and often spotted, the breast and belly dull white, dark tail feathers with white tips on the three outer feathers on each side. Juveniles are similar to adult female.

Hanging a feeder with 1:4 ratio of sugar and water, as well as planting nectar rich flowers in a garden helps attracting hummingbirds. In our backyard, lavender and salvia (sage) are their favorites.

If you see a hummingbird picking spider webs in your yard, she will be nesting somewhere near by...