How to be a lazy birder part 12

This is part 12 in the series of articles for The Lazy Birder.

How to use films for birding.

  • Select your favourite film.
  • Place the DVD or video in the appropriate player.
  • Switch on the television.
  • Sit in your most comfortable chair.
  • Watch the film, not for the story, but rather watching out for any birds or bird calls while you watch.
  • Make a list of the birds you see. Add this to your list of all the birds you have seen on films. (You haven’t got such a list?? Then start one!)
  • Warning: if the film is set in a foreign country you may need to borrow a field guide of birds of that country.

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Diamond Firetail Finch

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8 Responses to “How to be a lazy birder part 12”

  1. Snail says:

    Warning: if the film is set in a foreign country you may need to borrow a field guide of birds of that country

    Unless it’s an old Tarzan movie, in which case there’s always a kookaburra somewhere in the depths of the African jungle!

  2. John Tongue says:

    I have heard they always added the Kookaburra calls beacuse they belived it was some kind of ‘exotic’ monkey!!

  3. Snail says:

    Love it! That makes sense … in a bizarre way.

  4. Trevor says:

    It always makes me laugh when the film makers get it all wrong like that.

    At the other end of the scale was the highly popular ABC television series “Seachange.” Someone in production must have been an avid birder, because every episode had an authentic Australian bird call or two somewhere in the background. It gave the series an extra touch of reality.

  5. John Tongue says:

    And for fans of “Home and Away”, on the 7 Network, virtually every scene at “The Caravan PArk” has Peaceful Doves and/or Striated Pardalotes calling in the background!

  6. Trevor says:

    Hey John – you are living dangerously by admitting that you actually watch that programme.

    In reality though, it is surprising how many Australian television shows and films have Peaceful Doves calling in the background. The current series of DVDs being included in the Australian Geographic magazines are in this category.

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