An Original DUCKumentary
Full Episode

Watch the full film An Original DUCKumentary, winner of the 2013 Emmy Award for Outstanding Nature Programming:

There are some 120 species of duck, representing a wide variety of shapes, sizes and behaviors. Some are noisy and gregarious, others shy and elusive. They are familiar animals we think we know. But most of us don’t really know these phenomenal, sophisticated creatures at all. This program follows a wood duck family as a male and female create a bond, migrate together across thousands of miles, nurture and protect a brood of chicks, then come full circle as they head to their wintering grounds. Buy the film. An Original DUCKumentary premiered November14, 2012. (Video limited to US & Territories).

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  • Josh

    Awesome episode! There should be more episodes about ducks.

  • Debbie

    Really great. I never realized how little I knew about ducks.

  • Tyler

    Fantastic! The footage of the ducklings in the beginning was tremendous. And the ducks flying underwater in the Arctic? Who knew. Thanks for the great work!

  • Brady

    I find it interesting that the narrator uses the word “designed” rather than “adapted” or “evolved” when discussing the ducks’ bills.

  • Jim Turlington

    Great program about the ducks.I especially liked the part about wood ducks.I am currently working on a 5 year research study of nesting wood ducks using wood duck nest boxes that I built and maintain myself.I have been building wood duck nest boxes since 1985,that have been successful in hatching out wood duck ducklings,too numerous to count. Congrats on an excellent program.

  • mary lou spencer

    wonderful duckumentary! but you never did an audio of the duck laugh.

  • Teresa

    Terrific duckumentary! I loved it. Awe-inspiring and amusing. A great reminder about the incredible variety and beauty there is in nature.

  • Rob Hargrove

    This was a wonderful show and I would like a phone number to personally order this DVD by phone.
    Prefer rather than over the internet.
    Please advise and I will phone in an order.
    Thank you.

  • Dana Kern

    Great movie!!

  • Kathie B


    My sister has hatched quite a few wood ducks and raised some. One with a surrogate Sulkie hen for a mother.

    I’m sure she’d love to talk with you if you are interested…


  • Sue

    This is one of the most informative nature program I’ve seen. I say that because I hear the ducks honking and flying south every night until this past week. Now it is too cold for them And ME. They go and I stay. The Artic duck and also the Australian ducks were extremely interesting. Anyway to get more info on them? PBS is the only channel worth listening these days. Thanx so much for the nature shows

  • Sue

    Forgot to ask when I’ll be able to see it online..?

  • Jeanette Wells

    I was astounded at the brillient colors of the male ducks. The close up shots were outstanding and I learned so very much about these intriguing birds. Of course, watching and listening to the Duckumentary only provoked more question about these birds which in turn has prompted me to find answers. Thank you for a wonderful program!!

  • Mary Rowland

    I would like to show this to my second gr class. How can I access it since I work for the public schools system? It was a darling program and mirrors a story a guided reading group had read earlier that day. I would break it into 2 viewings. they will be riveted to the smartboard .

  • steven foceri

    adorable…. i love ducks. i remember the mallards that used to live in our pond back home.

  • William Adamo

    Who wasthe Narrator?

  • Eamus Catuli

    I failed to watch it on air, please make it available for viewing here again. Many thanks!

  • Alannah

    This was brilliant just watched it on PBS and had to see if it was online so I could share it. Absolutely beautiful and an amazing production…bravo!

  • Nathaniel

    Great film I am glad to see every documentary provided by NATURE giving a hidden glimpse to viewers around the world. In addition, breaking the barriers that pertain better understandings of each living creature in the world. Through giving an image and power to living beings we can strive to pursue a brighter future.

    Thanks Again,


  • Carol Lowbeer

    Beautifully done show. Particularly enjoyed the footage of the diving Eiders soaring through the water. Thank you for the “Meet the Ducks” section. It’s a lovely recap of the “stars” of the show. And I enjoyed learning about the Torrent Duck who lives in the rivers of the Andes.

  • Andy

    I’d love to see some behinds the scene images/video from this episode. It was an outstanding episode.

  • Mark

    Gorgeous documentary! The narrator is the very talented Paul Giamatti (Sideways, Win Win).

  • idebenone

    The population of the Wood Duck was in serious decline in the late 19th century as a result of severe habitat loss and market hunting both for meat and plumage for the ladies’ hat market in Europe. By the beginning of the 20th century Wood Ducks had virtually disappeared from much of their former range. In response to the Migratory Bird Treaty established in 1916 and enactment of the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 , wood duck populations began to recover slowly. By ending unregulated hunting and taking measures to protect remaining habitat, wood duck populations began to rebound in the 1920s. The development of the artificial nesting box in the 1930s gave an additional boost to Wood Duck production.

  • Rob Holtz

    Wow! Nice job Nature.
    Made me smile the whole time I watched it.

    Nature rocks and so did this deer and dog boxing.

  • Tim Tesar

    Thanks for this excellent program!

    I hope you will also do a program about the many beautiful North American Warblers.

  • joelle

    Fascinating and fun. I did not know ducks were so capable and versatile.
    Wonderful photography and a great narrative. I look forward to more.

  • Mitchell

    Nice shot of the falcated duck at 33:34. I wonder if this was at the Colusa National Wildlife Refuge in the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

    Beautiful program.

  • John

    Spent the hour in awe asking over and over “How did they ever capture that video?”

  • sofia

    wonderful. we wanted to see more! Cute and wonderful!

  • Elliot

    Duckin’ great!!!

  • Anthony

    GREAT job guys I love your video and thank you very much for everything and even starring the wood duck. The wood duck is my favorite type of duck, but how do the babies jump that high and even survive? But again great job on the video and thanks.

  • Sandie Clark

    SO great! Photography was beautifully shot. Learned a lot watching this and it’d be great for the classroom! I’m sending a link to my grandchildren so they can see it! Thank you! I never knew ducks could “fly”!

  • Francisco G Perez

    maravilloso….it is very well wife and I enjoyed very much

  • Francisco G Perez

    very beautifull….my wife and I enyoyed very much……

  • brian

    video’s not working all we could see was the commercial

  • John RIgler

    Who is the narrator? He sounds like someone know, but can’t place.

  • Laura

    I loved this! A whole community of canada geese live near my apartment and while we’ve grown to love them we still look forward to the little mallard couples we see once in a while… this doc was beautifully filmed and I feel like I learned a lot.

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