Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air
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Narrated By
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM

Produced By
ANN JOHNSON PRUM

Written By
JAIME BERNANKE

Editor
JIM ISLER

Associate Producer
ROBIN KLEIN

Director of Photography
ANN JOHNSON PRUM

Cinematography
ANN JOHNSON PRUM
MARK CARROLL
ANDREW WEGST
MICHAEL MALE

Phantom Camera
DAVID McMURRY
GREG WILSON

Original Music
LENNY WILLIAMS

Scientific Consultant
RICHARD PRUM

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MATT BRADBURY

Research Assistants
RACHAEL TEEL
MELANIE QUINN

Sound Design
BRIAN BEATRICE

Re-Recording Mixer
ED CAMPBELL

Color Correction
RANDY S. LITTLE

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BBC MOTION GALLERY
BLUE EARTH FILMS
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Special Thanks
MISSISSIPPI AUDUBON SOCIETY
AUDUBON KERN RIVER PRESERVE
DOUG ALTSHULER LAB, UC RIVERSIDE
ROBERT DUDLEY LAB, UC BERKELEY
BRET TOBALSKE AND DOUG WARRICK LAB, UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND
MIKE PATTERSON
SHIRLEY PAINTER
GUS, OWEN, LIAM PRUM
ANGEL PAZ
VINICIO PEREZ
YANAYACU
EL DESCANSO
SAN ISIDRO AND GUANGO LODGES
SEPTIMO PARAISO
MILPE CLOUD FOREST FOUNDATION
SACHATAMIA LODGE
MINDO LOMO
FUNDACION JOCOTOCO
ASOCIACIÓN ECOSISTEMAS ANDINOS (ECOAN)

For NATURE

Series Editor
JANET HESS

Supervising Producer
JANICE YOUNG

Senior Producer
LAURA METZGER

Producers
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JILL CLARKE

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JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

Production Assistant
JAYNE JUN

Manager
EILEEN FRAHER

Online Editor
CHRIS CONNELLY

Series Producer
BILL MURPHY

Executive In Charge
WILLIAM GRANT

Executive Producer
FRED KAUFMAN

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CHRISTOPHER WADE

  • Ronald Bourque

    I was glued to my TV watching Nature on PBS Channel 13 Sunday evening. Lots of good information but they did not even mention the Ruby-throated Hummingbird’s relationship with Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers. As I had observed first hand, RT Hummingbirds steal sap from the Sapsucker’s tapped trees when the Sapsucker isn’t watching. I think it is no accident that the northern range of the RT Hummingbird is about the same as the northern range of the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

    In the area of New Brunswick, Canada, where I observed the RT Hummingbird taking advantage of the Sapsucker’s tapped trees, I could see very few flowers of the type in which the RT Hummingbirds could find sufficient nectar to keep its body going. It appeared to be quite dependent upon the Sapsucker trees flowing with sap for its main energy source.

    The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker has the very special capability of tapping trees for the phloem sap in midsummer. The phloem sap has a higher sugar content – 20% – in addition to some protein that gives it superior nutritional value compared to the xylem sap that flows in the spring. The spring xylem sap has a mere 2% to 3% sugar and virtually no protein. If the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker can raise its young on the very nutritious phloem sap, it seems that the RT Hummingbird would also thrive on it.

  • Alison Sheehey

    The relationship of hummingbirds to sapsuckers is not limited to Ruby-throats and Yellow-bellies. I have watched Anna’s, Calliope, and Black-chinned all drink from sapsucker wells.
    As a matter of fact I watched a Red-breasted Sapsucker be chased away from its well on an Sandbar Willow by an aggressive Anna’s Hummingbird, which was in turn chased away from the well by a bumblebee. All three species repeatedly bellied up to the bar over the hour I watched the fascinating competition for the sap.
    I have enjoyed Thomas Kaminski’s DVDs on Hummingbirds, which are better for the serious student of the hummingbird.
    For those interested in seeing Hummingbirds in person. On August 7th, there will be a Hummingbird Celebration at Audubon’s Kern River Preserve in Weldon, CA.

  • Stephen Foster

    You promised a complete list of all the species appearing in this program (Once we have a winner, we’ll post all of the species names and photos for your reference.) but I cannot find it on your website.
    Can you please let me know this information or where I can find this list.

    Having just returned from 3 weeks spectacular birding in the North of Peru I found thgis program most exceptional and wonderful. Please can we have more bird focused programs of this amazing quality.
    Congratulations to all concerned and many thanks for a beautiful example of Darwin’s “Endless Forms Most Beautiful”.

    Thanks,

    Steve Foster

  • Anne Gouin

    These little loves bring such happiness to so many of us, I’m thrilled to see there is a web episode, but I’d love my children to see it as well (TV). I will look for it and hope to see more about these little treasures that make summer so much more interesting! Thank you! (Great narration by F. Murray Abraham also).

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    Hummingbirds are so adorable. Thanks for writing this!

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