Flight: The Genius of Birds
2013. Illustra Media. 62 min.This video is the first film in Illustra Media's new series The Design of Life. Filmed in many different locations, FLIGHT probes the mysteries and mechanisms of a bird's anatomy, instincts, and embryology to reveal stunning provisions essential for life in the skies. Included are the marvels of the hummingbird's unique skeletal, muscular and metabolic systems - all vital to its spectacular aerial acrobatics, the endurance and navigational abilities of an Arctic tern as it travels the longest migration pattern on earth, and the instinctive strategies that enable a flock of 300,000 European starlings to evade predators at break-neck speeds. The poet William Blake wrote that to see an eagle in the air is to observe "a portion of genius." In FLIGHT the ingenuity of a bird's behavior and biology showcase unmistakable evidence for design, purpose, and plan. It is evidence best explained by an intelligence that transcends the natural world.