Nature Documentary - Life of Hummingbirds, “First Flight: A Mother Hummingbird's Story”
After completing their book, "First Flight: A Mother Hummingbird's Story", Noriko and Don Carroll spent an additional three years documenting Honey's life on beautiful 1080i HDV video for this remarkable production.
Honey, a tiny Black-chinned Hummingbird, has come back to her nest she built on the Carroll's backyard clothesline! Witness this breathtaking process from the moment Honey lays her eggs and her tiny hatchlings Ray and Zen peck themselves into a new life until they fly out of the nest for the first time. We are there every step of the way.
This 45-minute documentary is narrated by Noriko and is scored with an inspiring soundtrack by critically acclaimed musicians: Suzanne Teng, Jeff Wahl, Justin Bianco, Richard Savino and Mutandina. The DVD also includes: a special “MAKING OF” featurette provides you an inside look at how the Carrolls captured this amazing footage, and a special HUMMINGBIRD SLIDESHOW with never seen before images. First Flight is appropriate for all ages and is the perfect DVD for the whole family.
English / español / francés / 日本語
English / español / francés / Deutsch / portugués / 日本語 / 한국어 / 繁簡體中文
Letterbox / NTSC / Color / 60 minues
©2009/2014 Noriko & Don Carroll
Distributed by Concept Images, LLC
"This enchanting nature documentary follows the dedicated efforts of a tiny black-chinned hummingbird (nicknamed “Honey” by filmmakers Don Carroll and Noriko Carroll) to lay, incubate, and hatch two tiny raisin-sized eggs and raise the fledgling chicks. The film begins with remarkable nest-building close-ups; the soft fiber bird home rests on the Carroll's porch clothesline in Las Vegas. Inventive 360-degree macro shots follow the progress, including egg development, incubation, hatching, feedings, nest defense (including chasing away the Carrolls' cat), and first flight. Honey's protective and attentive mothering is enlivened through Noriko Carroll's informative and humorous narration and rich musical soundtrack. This entertaining film includes a bonus making-of feature. Bird and nature fans will be entranced."
— Carol Holzberg
Subjects: Nature, Bird, Hummingbird, Nest, Eggs, Animal Behavior
Jan 29, 2011
Gr 7 Up Filmmakers spent three years documenting the life of a Black-chinned Hummingbird who had built a nest on a clothesline in the backyard of their Las Vegas home. The female narrator s soft, accented voice is complemented by a delightful musical soundtrack. Outstanding photographic techniques show the life cycle of this diminutive bird, named Honey by the filmmakers. Divided into sections, the film follows Honey as she builds the nest, secures it with spider webs, lays two eggs, waits for them to hatch, feeds the babies, and encourages them to take flight approximately three weeks after birth. The close-up photography is amazing and a delight to watch. The second half of the program, a making of the documentary segment, will enlighten film students and photographers. A range of grade levels can utilize this film, and it will be especially useful in science classes. This documentary is joyous and viewers will be pleased that they were invited into the hummingbird world.
— Patricia Ann Owens
Wabash Valley College
Mt. Carmel, IL
—School Library Journal