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A Stork’s Journey

A Stork’s Journey invites viewers to fly with white storks as they strike out from Germany, flying via Turkey to Sudan and beyond.

Length: 02:34

Partners: Max Planck Institute for Animal Behaviour

Credits: Karrie Fransman (Illustration and Animation), Prof Martin Wikelski (Research), Brigitta Keeves (Producer), Dr Benjamin Worku-Dix (Director)

Info: Shortlisted for the ‘Best Climate Emergency Film’ 2020 AHRC Research in Film Awards

A Stork’s Journey shows the dramatic perils of this dangerous journey, as the birds navigate electricity wires, hunters, pollution and pesticides. Yet it also illustrates the magic of this odyssey, soaring over half the world, past stunning landscapes with these majestic birds.

In order to create ‘A Stork’s Journey’ our team consulted with research papers, GPS maps, photographs and interviews from the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior. Scientists at the Institute investigate animal groups as diverse as locusts, fish, flying foxes, baboons, and birds, investigating their collective behaviour and movement patterns.

Special thanks to:

Wolfgang Fiedler, Andrea Flack, Michael Quetting, Babette Eid, Magnus Froböse