The documentary shows for the first time the diverse and mostly unknown wildlife of Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti), the second largest island of the Caribbean. A brief introduction of the diversity of ecosystems from sea level to highest peaks of the Caribbean and the eastern Americas is followed by a presentation of the rich bird wildlife of the island to be seen in a variety of habitats.
More than 120 birds including 30 endemic species are shown in their natural environment. Unique images filmed in HD of rare species, e.g. Bay-breasted Cuckoo, La Selle Thrush, Highland Tanager, Western Chat Tanager and the Ridgway’s Hawk, rarest hawk of the world (only 250 individuals left) are special highlights of the beautifully narrated film.
The documentary includes also special sites with higher diversity and animals of special interest that share these habitats, e.g. sea turtles, lizards, snakes and mammals showing for the first time ever two of the most endangered land mammals of the world (Solenodon and Hutia) in their habitat. The informative narration written by National Geographic producer/writer April Chabries mixes perfectly with rare bird calls and provides the viewer with the most complete information about Hispaniola’s bird life.
The documentary has been directed by wildlife filmer and National Geographic contributor Jurgen Hoppe, who is known for a series of publications about the island natural treasures. It is not only a valuable source for true ornithologists but also for hobby birders as common species that are abundant also in gardens, parks and other urban environments have been included.
Run Time: 122 mins
Director: Jurgen Hoppe
Producer: Jeanne Marcelino
Writer: April Chabries and Jurgen Hoppe
Narrator: Raymond Sizemore III
“The most important documentary ever done on Caribbean birds”
(Vermont Center for Ecostudies)
“I loved the wildscreen, it filled out my laptop. Most birding DVDs fill out only two thirds of the screen.
The picture was excellent, it was very informative. I’ve been searching the web for ten years for birds of Hispaniola but never found any.
Stumbled on yours by accident, it made my day, walking on cloud nine since ……..”
(Rober Ballis, Australia)