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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Go Entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 9 April 2012
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006WLZEK2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,403 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Travelling from wild coastlines to urban habitats, this fascinating natural history series from the BBC explores the behaviour of birds, revealing all aspects of their lives, from surviving harsh winters and avoiding predators to living alongside us in towns and cities. Host and wildlife expert Iolo Williams discovers how birds have adapted to changing landscapes, studying their ability to fly and how their unique design, colour and camouflage enables them to live in many habitats, as well as uncovering their courtship and nesting rituals and finding out how and why they communicate. Offering a visual treat of stunning landscapes and captivating wildlife behaviour, The Secret Life of Birds provides perfect family entertainment educating and enthralling in equal measure.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Biggis on 4 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD
This is a beautifully filmed and quite charming series, in which the ever-affable Iolo Williams visits various locations in Wales, showcasing the remarkable birdlife of this rugged and picturesque land.

The filming and production is of the high quality one would expect from the BBC, and there are some quite breathtaking sequences: Starlings gathering in their thousands to roost, glossy Black Grouse strutting their stuff at the lek, and, best of all, a stunning male Hen Harrier performing a dramatic aerial display fight, including a food-pass to the female. But this series doesn't simply target the more glamorous species, and I really liked the fact that, alongside the crowd-pleasers, it also focuses on more ordinary, everyday birds.

As personable and as passionate as Chris Packham, Iolo could scarcely be a better qualified guide on this voyage of discovery through Wales. And while Iolo rightly seems to be proud of his country and its amazing wildlife, he never displays the kind of puffed-up nationalistic fervour that, as an English former resident of Wales, I have encountered all too often, and which can be quite off-putting.

I do, however, have two gripes, though they are both fairly minor and do not warrant a change to my overall rating of the series.

Firstly, the five half-hour episodes are spread out over three discs, and it would be nice to have them all on one. Secondly, there is surely something of a mismatch between the title of this series and the fact that it ONLY focuses on Wales. Although the rather parochial feel to the programmes is perhaps understandable given that it appears they were originally broadcast only in Wales, for a general DVD release called 'The Secret Life of Birds' it does feel a little odd at times.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Farkins on 10 April 2012
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Birds have been on my `to do' list for a long while but the subject has been a bit daunting: other people always know so much, and have better binoculars and steadier hands. Having just watched The Secret Life of Birds I now feel equipped to give the subject a go and delve further.

For me there were plenty of secrets, some more spectacular than others, such as the aerial passing of freshly caught prey between a pair of hen harriers, or a treecreeper hollowing out a cosy sleeping hole in the bark of a giant redwood. More harrowing though was the story of the pigeons: diligently building their nest in Cardiff, taking turns to sit on eggs for three weeks, despite the rain, then four days of feeding until the sparrowhawk arrived - cruel curtains for the chicks as the helpless parents watched on.

I now know how to recognise, and where to find, many more types of birds but I suspect some enthusiasts will feel short-changed by the exclusion of certain species - did I blink and miss the osprey? That apart, I think it makes a fantastic introduction, or a great reminder, of the rich variety of our bird life across Wales, and aspects of behaviour most of us miss - both an inspiration and a snapshot in time.

Huw Jenkins, guest editor of Natur Cymru
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dutch film freak on 8 Nov. 2012
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I enjoyed this film tremendously and I am going to watch it many more timesSecret Life of Birds [DVD]. It is so beautiful! Every shot is a pretty picture, the information is interesting and the man guiding the viewer does a great job. Never too long in the picture, always good information, he adds to the film. Did they make more films?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tjw on 15 Jan. 2015
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This is an excellent short series on UK or even European birds. Iolo does it very well and he's pleasant, engaging and not too formulaic in his presentation. However it does not get five stars because it is seriously jingoistic with regard to Wales. He constantly gives the false and dishonest impression that the birds are Welsh birds! They are most definitely not Welsh birds - there is no such thing as a Welsh bird!! They exist in similar numbers all over Europe and many of them all over the world. The producer of the programme should get a bollocking from somebody for giving such a dishonest impression.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Colin V on 8 Mar. 2013
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A six-part series spread over three discs, running about 2½ hours. Filmed in the best BBC house style; Iolo Williams is an excellent guide who communicates his love for birds (and his native country) in an easy-going and informative manner. Be aware though, that this DVD only covers bird-life in Wales, not the whole of the UK: maybe the title of the series should have reflected this. That said though, for those of us who just like to sit back and watch a well-photographed natural history programme about anywhere on our island, this is just the ticket. In answer to the comment on peterb0's post, there are no sub-titles on these discs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr M Bradshaw. on 28 Jan. 2015
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Ordered 1st January and received on 7th., January. Three Disc pack covering various habitats and the bird residents, series hosted by Iolo Williams who is as usual very informative about the subject and an enjoyable journey into their secret lives.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Richard Comrie on 21 May 2012
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This is a good review of birds and birdwatching in Wales. It focusses on the main species that you are likely to find in Wales and where to see them.
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By Roland Bufton on 18 Dec. 2014
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love the dvd, Lolo is a good man for the commentary, he's enthusiastic about his subject.
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