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The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos (2008)

G  |   |  Documentary  |  25 September 2009 (UK)
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The mysterious lives of flamingos are captured on film with a birds-eye view of the animals living in Africa.

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In a remote and forgotten wilderness, one of nature's last great mysteries unfolds: the birth, life and death of a million crimson-winged flamingos. Against a dramatic backdrop of never-before filmed landscapes, these secretive birds struggle to survive and prevail over danger and fate. This inspiring story, set in the extraordinary 'otherworld' of Lake Natron in northern Tanzania, the cradle of humankind, reminds us: here on earth is a universe waiting to be discovered. Written by Anonymous

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Lake Natron is unusual in that a sodium crust forms on its surface because of its proximity to a volcano. The film-makers were fortunate in that the volcano erupted during filming, something it only ever does every 40 years. See more »

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A fascinating bird's eye view into the lives of flamingo's
21 September 2009 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Crimson Wing is a documentary based on the lives of some flamingo chicks throughout their birth to young adulthood … Filmed mainly around Lake Natron in Northern Tanzania.

Finely narrated by Zabou Breiman, with some fantastic wildlife photography and a really moving music score this film gets inside the adventures experienced over the period of a year – showing seasonal changes – births, deaths, trials and tribulations of the young birds and their weird and wonderful habitats – especially interesting are the strange "salt islands" that the flamingo's use for nesting and rearing their young.

Many of the audience were engrossed by this film … and many of the children especially seemed to "adopt" and be entranced by the story and the chicks and were genuinely concerned for the birds well-being.

A fascinating bird's eye view into the lives of flamingo's … if you didn't like or know much about these birds before – then you'll grow to be fascinated by them from watching this well crafted documentary, superb, high-quality photography, beautiful landscapes and a stirring musical score.

Recommended for lovers of nature documentaries everywhere.


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