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Arjan Dwarshuis Big Year (English) on Vimeo (1 Viewer)


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I'm not sure this has been announced elsewhere on Bird Forum, but those who followed Arjan Dwarshuis in his 2016 world Big Year record might be interested in this:
His Big Year film now has a version with English subtitles and narration. It's available for US$5.50 /24hr rental from Vimeo On Demand, with profits donated to BirdLife International.
I just watched it (hence posting this thread at a late (00:48 GMT) hour). It was enjoyable but inevitably somewhat rushed at about an hour 15 minutes or so, skipping through several countries to focus on a particular place / bird. That said, the places and species focussed on were all interesting - Sulawesi, Ghana, Surinam, Costa Rica... The film format will inevitably only scratch the surface of an endeavour of this nature, and it was equally inevitable that it would struggle to both reach a wider audience and maintain its appeal to birders - it wasn't terrible in this respect, with a text label appearing throughout to identify some (but not all) of the species filmed to keep birders happy.
Having enjoyed Noah Stryker's book about his 2015 Big Year I'm looking forward to reading Arjan's when it is translated into English - I think the written medium is going to be more satisfying, although I thought it was worth the rental cost.

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