Close to Nature

A series of eight programmes following the work of two passionate nature photographers.

Close to Nature

Close to Nature

The eight programmes include:

1. CLOSE TO NATURE

This programme follows the work of setting up a hide until the photographer is waiting with his camera. Outside the hide is a piece of carrion, and the birds that land on the carrion over the next couple of hours are captured by the camera from the hide.

2. BIRDS OF THE GARDEN

This programme includes birds that breed and frequent people’s gardens; the species chosen are followed from the edge of the nest from the beginning to the end of the breeding period. They include blackbirds, starlings, chaffinches, swallows and jays. The viewer follows along as the birds seek food, protect their eggs, and feed their chicks.

3. BIRDS OF THE FIELD

The four seasons as experienced by birds and animals. This programme oberves bird life on a field surrounded by hedgerows; on one side there is a plantation. We follow three species close-up: the lark, the linnet, and the lapwing. Other fauna are observed more sporadically.

4. BIRDS OF THE SALT MEADOW

This programme follows spring, summer, and autumn in a Danish salt meadow. The black-tailed godwit, ruffs and reeves, larks and terns are followed in close-up, while species such as the viper, the hare, and the redshank are observed to a lesser degree. The variations in breeding behaviour among the species are portrayed in the programme and the parents are shown feeding their offspring.

5. BIRDS OF THE MARSH

Includes species such as the great crested grebe in marshes with stretches of open water, and also species such as the marsh harrier, which requires thickets of reeds in more-or-less overgrown marshy areas. The film runs from spring to autumn, showing the arrival of the birds, their breeding season, and their migration away from the marsh once autumn comes.

6. THE DANISH SWALLOWS

Three members of the swallow family breed in Denmark—the barn swallow, the house martin, and the sand martin. We follow all three up-close as they arrive, build their nests, search for food, hatch their eggs, feed their chicks, and gather on telephone wires before they set off for their winter quarters in Africa.

7. TERNS AND TIDES

The tiny island of Langli lies in the Jutland Wadden Sea, unprotected by dikes. Huge colonies of terns and gulls breed there. We follow life in the nests of the sandwich tern, the arctic tern, the black-headed gull, the common gull, and the herring gull close-up through spring and summer. Sections of the island and its flora are also shown.

8. BIRDS OF PASSAGE

(A follow-up to TERNS AND TIDES)
Langli island just before and just after the birds’ autumn migration towards warmer climes. Massive flocks of waders pay a visit to Langli, and amidst a flock of oyster catchers we watch how they behave during a storm when the tide rises far above normal levels.

Directors John Sandberg & Jan Petersen
Produced by Fauna Film
Duration 8 x 28 min.
Years of Production 1997-99
Original Title Close to Nature
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