Oriole (Oriolus oriolus)
The oriole is nearly impossible not to recognise because of its glamorous black–yellow feathering. Its characteristic, melodic fluting song sounds exactly like its onomatopoeic scientific name Oriolus oriolus or also ,,büllo-büllo'' (ger.), which originated the popular name Bird-Bülow. By the way, the famous german actor Vicco von Bülow chose the French name of this bird - Loriot - for his pseudonym.
THE MESSENGER, a new documentary by award-winning filmmaker Su Rynard (Dream Machine, Kardia) chronicles the struggle of songbirds worldwide to survive in turbulent environmental conditions brought about by humans and argues that their demise could signify the crash of the ecosystems globally, akin to the disappearance of honey bees and the melting of the glaciers.
For thousands of years, songbirds were regarded by mankind as messengers from the gods. Today, these creatures – woven inextricably into the fabric of our environment – are vanishing at an alarming rate. Under threat from climate change, pesticides and more, populations of hundreds of species have dipped dramatically. As scientists, activists and bird enthusiasts investigate this phenomenon, amazing secrets of the bird world come to light for the first time in this acclaimed and visually thrilling documentary. Beautiful slow motion photography illustrates the power and beauty of these delicate winged creatures that have been praised and eulogized across cultures and throughout time.