How the world looks from inside the flock.
- By The Editors
- AirSpaceMag.com, March 07, 2012
Michael W. Richards
The production team battled bureaucracy, the outbreak of bird flu in Nepal, bird mites, and bat guano in order to get the best footage possible. In Manhattan, an imprinted snow goose lost sight of the camera boat and began to follow a tourist boat on the Hudson River. Realizing the mistake, the bird headed to Liberty Island, then to the Statue of Liberty for a rest. The crew was denied permission to retrieve the bird, and a huge police cutter was launched. The goose promptly hid under the pier. At this point the film crew was allowed to retrieve the shy bird—to a standing ovation from watching tourists.
In this photo, a brown pelican flies underneath San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. The pelicans head north, dispersing along the California coast and as far as Oregon and British Columbia, where they arrive in June just as the baitfish are schooling.