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Firebird  (1994)

Renewal from fire

An atmospheric account of the lesser flamingo, Firebird explores the incredible adaptations these resilient birds possess in the hostile environment of East Africa's Great Rift Valley.

As surrounding volcanoes erupt, the ash produced settles on the nearby lake basins, turning the water so alkaline it burns almost all that attempt to enter. Made by award-winning filmmaking husband and wife team, Amanda Barrett and Owen Newman, stunning cinematography details the enigmatic arrival of these colourful birds. Able to withstand high pH levels, they rest, play and take advantage of the area's abundant algal food source.

Firebird brings to life the harsh yet beautiful landscape and the challenges the lesser flamingos face as migration time looms. Capturing the raw beauty of this bewitching and flamboyant spectacle, Firebird is a sensitive portrayal of these vibrant and resilient birds.

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

Associated Broadcaster: WNET 13, New York
Dubbing Editor: Lucy Rutherford
Dubbing Mixer: Martyn Harries
Executive Producer: John Sparks
Film Editor: Mark Fletcher
Music: Jennie Muskett
Narrator: Josette Simon
Photography: Owen Newman
Producer: Owen Newman
Producer: Amanda Barrett
Production Assistant: Ginny Watts
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Sound: Owen Newman
Unit Manager: Christina Hamilton
Writer: David Helton
Renewal from fire
Renewal from fire
Dance of the flamingo
Dance of the flamingo