It’s old and you may have heard about it, but THE BIG YEAR is probably the best thing to happen to birding since binoculars.
It’s a movie – and yes it is fictional – a comedy and yes it stars some famous people. But the real stars are the birds.
(Rated PG for naked birds everywhere.)
The general storyline of the movie is simple. Some birders set out to see who can spot the most bird species in a single year. In championship-level birding, this is known as having a Big Year. Winners often spot more than 700 species in a single year.
There is some great bird Cinematography in this movie and I wish there had been more. But there’s a reason the Audubon Society supported this film and shared the news of it so widely. “The Big Year” has an innocence and charm that will make it appealing for families, and of course anyone else who is remotely interested in birds.
If you haven’t seen it, I advise three things…
1) Be sure you DO see it.
2) See it on a day when maybe things aren’t going your way – it will pick you up.
3) Be forewarned – if you haven’t yet decided to become a serious birder – it might push you over the edge.
Scott Bourne is an Olympus Visionary, a professional bird/wildlife photographer, author and lecturer who specializes in birds. He is a pioneer in digital photography and was named one of the “30 most influential photographers on the Web” by Huffington Post. His photographic experience spans four decades and his bird/wildlife images have been published in more than 200 magazines and periodicals. He is also a Signed Master at Studio of Masters in China.
Scott has been a founder, co-founder, advisor or early stage investor in several technology companies such as NetRadio, Photofocus, and ViewBug.