Cuckoo

The cuckoo is a cheat, a thief and a killer. But just how does this traditional harbinger of Spring trick other birds into accepting ist eggs? And why do the duped foster parents work so relentlesly to feed a chick that isn't their own and will soon dwarf them, after first destroying their eggs or killing their young? In CUCKOO, unique archive footage is combined with astonishing new photography and the latest scientific findings to solve a puzzle wich - as narrator David Attenborough explains - has perplexed nature-watchers for thousands of years.

Director: Mike Birkhead

AFTER GAINING A DOCTORATE AND TWO YEARS POST-DOCTORAL WORK IN THE DEPARTMENT OF ZOOLOGY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD MIKE LEFT TO JOIN LONDON WEEKEND TELEVISION IN 1984.

AT LONDON WEEKEND TV HE WORKED FOR FOUR YEARS ON A VARIETY OF PROGRAMMES IN THE CURRENT AFFAIRS AND FEATURES DEPARTMENT BEFORE GOING INDEPENDENT/FREELANCE TO MAKE FILMS FOR BBC, PBS, HTV/PARTIDGE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, WNET DISCOVERY AND ANIMAL PLANET.

MIKE SET UP HIS OWN COMPANY, MIKE BIRKHEAD ASSOCIATES, IN 1988. SINCE THEN HE HAS PRODUCED/DIRECTED MANY WILDLIFE TELEVISION PROGRAMMES INCLUDING HIS MOST RECENT PROGRAMMES 'RADIO GIBBON', 'AMBA THE RUSSIAN TIGER', 'CUCKOO' AND A 13 PART SERIES ' ECHO AND THE ELEPHANTS OF AMBOSELI'.

United Kingdom
2008
49 Min.
English
3
Director: Mike Birkhead
Author: Mike Birkhead
Camera: Alastair Mac Ewen, Mark Payne-Gill
Editing: Nigel Buck
Music: David Mitchham
Speaker: David Attenborough
Editor: Tim Martin, BBC Natural World (Executive Producer)
Nominations: Heinz Sielmann Award 2010,
Best Film 2010
Website URL: www.mikebirkhead.com