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The Flight of the Snow Geese  (1972)

High speed camera filming snow goose in flight

Journeying over 2,500 miles, keen ornithologists and award-winning wildlife filmmakers Des and Jen Bartlett were the first naturalists to follow the snow geese on their epic migration.

Combining aerial, close-up and slow-motion footage, their stunning cinematography details the adventures of the noisy, clamouring gaggle as it works its way south towards Texas and the swamps of the Mississippi Delta. The Flight of the Snow Geese provides a unique glimpse into this intrepid seasonal passage, bringing to life all the excitement, danger and heartache the flock faces.

Having spent over four months in complete isolation, camping out on the birds' Arctic breeding grounds, this award-winning production is an outstanding example of the Bartletts' dedicated approach to wildife filmmaking. Interweaving the spectacular migration footage with the story of the fourteen orphaned goslings the couple raised, memorable footage details their adopted family flying over the Canadian border after U.S. officials queried their right to enter by road.

The personal favourite of Survival co-founder Colin Willock, The Flight of the Snow Geese is a unique insight into these charismatic creatures and the incredible pilgrimage they undertake each year.

In 1973 this film was awarded two Emmys© (International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences), one for cinamatography, the other for film editing.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: ITN Source
Address: 200 Gray's Inn Road
London
WC1X 8XZ
United Kingdom
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Film credits

Photography: Des Bartlett
Photography: Jen Bartlett
Writer: Colin Willock
Producer: Aubrey Buxton
Production Manager: Mike Hay
Music: Glen Campbell
Dubbing Editor: Ray Holmes
Music: Farlan I. Myers
Music: Marty Paich
Film Editor: Leslie Parry
Narrator: Andrew Sachs
Music: Sam Sklair
Music: Ken Thoren
Production Organisation: Survival Anglia Limited

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Clips
The epic journey of the snow geese is a landmark in the natural cycle of North America
The epic journey of the snow geese is a ...
Adopting waifs and strays
Adopting waifs and strays
A magnificent aerial display
A magnificent aerial display
Stills
Des and Jen Bartlett setting up radio-controlled cameras under decoy snow geese
Des and Jen Bartlett setting up radio-controlled...
Des Bartlett filming snow geese in flight, from station wagon
Des Bartlett filming snow geese in flight,...
High speed camera filming snow goose in flight
High speed camera filming snow goose in flight
Jen Bartlett watching imprinted snow and blue geese bathing
Jen Bartlett watching imprinted snow and...
Des Bartlett on tundra writing on film box, imprinted blue and snow geese resting beside him
Des Bartlett on tundra writing on film box,...