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Look: The Fulmar  (1958)

Also known as: Programme 41
Fair Isle's beautiful seabird

On the remote Fair Isle off Scotland, ornithologist, renowned wildlife producer and co-founder of the BBC’s Natural History Unit Tony Soper explores the extraordinary world of the fulmar petrel. 

To obtain close-ups of nesting behaviour with telephoto lenses, Soper constructed numerous hides to habituate the birds to his presence, which also allowed him to capture impressive footage of their feeding, resting and parental behaviour. Tony enlisted the help of close friend and renowned producer Chris Parsons, furnishing him with a microphone to record the distinctive loud, guttural, cackling noises of the colony.

Soaring and weaving with effortless grace, his patient cinematography captures the birds amid their artistic aerial ballet. The Fulmar was the first full length film Soper produced for the BBC’s Look strand, described by renowned producer Jeffery Boswall as the “best-known, longest-running and most-watched television nature series in the world”.

Written by James Fisher, Look: The Fulmar is an atmospheric study of these fascinating birds as they master the air currents and make their homes on the isolated crevices and ledges of the island’s sheer cliffs.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: BBC - Natural History Unit
Address: c/o BBC Motion Gallery
Room E251
80 Wood Lane
W12 0TT
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8433 2861 / 2

Film credits

Film Editor: Christopher Parsons
Presenter: James Fisher
Producer: Tony Soper
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit

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Tony Soper
Christopher Parsons
Jeffery Hugh Richard Boswall
James Fisher
Fair Isle's beautiful seabird
Fair Isle's beautiful seabird
A mainly solitary development
A mainly solitary development
Frenetic social posturing and cackling
Frenetic social posturing and cackling