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