I watched the preview last weekend and was wowed by these tiny jewels. Did you know that hummingbirds are the smallest warm-blooded animal on earth? That they only occur in the Western Hemisphere? That their wings provide lift from both sides? That they're related to swifts? I learned a lot, and that wasn't even the best part.
Filmed in high definition, high speed video the producers slowed down the action so you can see the hummingbirds' wingbeats. There was slow motion footage of hummingbirds courting, eating and fighting (imagine that!). The closeups are so close that you can see the claws on the hummingbird's toes as he grasps the edge of a flower. They recorded the 60 mph courtship dive of the male Anna's hummingbird and the waving tail feathers of the rare Marvelous Spatuletail. Beautiful and amazing!
The producers traveled far and wide to film these gorgeous birds. You might even recognize the people in the film including hummingbird bander Nancy Newfield of Louisiana. But the birds themselves are the stars.
Click on the photo to watch previews of the show. Then tune in at 8:00pm EST on Sunday, January 10 to see Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air. In Pittsburgh watch it on WQED or check your local PBS schedule for exact times in your area.