{Review} First Flight: A Mother Hummingbird’s Story

RedWhiteandGrew.com Review: "First Flight: A Mother Hummingbird's Story" (DVD)

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Each year, right around the first day of Spring, a friend of ours posts about the arrival of hummingbirds at her house. When I open our shades the next day or so, I see one of our own wee beauties buzz past.

Thus begins the weekly rite of making sugar and water into nectar–at least until the little darlings have enough blossoms in the yard to fill their bellies.
Hummingbirds are amazing creatures, and I’ve long been curious about their nests. Having never seen one, I could only imagine their delicate strength. Thanks to a film by Noriko And Don Carroll, my son and I discovered the story of a hummer named “Honey” and her nest which the Carrolls encountered on the first day in their new Nevada home.


As is typical of most nature documentaries, the “cast” has multiple “Honeys,” with different birds being used to illustrate behaviors to move the story along. In the case of the nest shots of the bird laying eggs, tending them, feeding her babies, and teaching them to fly, we cannot assume that it’s always the same bird who returns to the nest on the Carroll’s patio but odds are good.


In short, there is much truth in this narrative. And much to learn from it and relish.

Words are inadequate to describe the exquisite imagery. Don is a professional photographer formerly based in Manhattan who relocated to Las Vegas with his wife. Noriko serves as a narrator, and her passion for the birds is almost palpable. I’ve seen people complain online about the audio quality and that they had trouble with the narrator’s strong accent. Personally, I had no particular problem with either and felt the experience of the film was comparable to having good friends share a story–although with world-class film footage and photography.

As rewarding as the tale is, the short film on the project itself is at least as marvelous. Maybe more so.  Then again, I love process-oriented stories. It was great fun to learn tips and tricks the duo used to get the graphics. Also, their description of the size of the nest and eggs (imagine two coffee beans in a walnut shell half) took my breath away.
All in all, it is a splendid DVD, suitable for all ages.

To purchase a copy of the video, visit Amazon. There is a book, too, but I haven’t read that yet.

For more information on the project, visit HummingBirdStory.com.