Winged Migration is a documentary about migratory birds (yes, it’s not a book, but I am allowed to write about things other than books occasionally, as indicated by the “and Other Miscellany” part of the title of this blog). A. was eager to watch it because of the flying (he is a paraglider), but I was not initially all that excited about it. I watched the preview and thought “oh, some beautiful filming”, but wasn’t sure how an hour and a half of watching birds fly was going to be engaging. In fact, I suggested to A. that he watch the movie at a time when I thought I would only watch a little bit and then do other things. Well, so much for doing those other things: I was hooked from the beginning. The movie is much better than either than preview or a short summary can convey. The filming is gorgeous and it is clear that the creators of the movie put an immense amount of time and effort in to doing the filming, selecting what would go into the movie, and putting it together so as to tell the story of migration. They show the life of the birds in a very intimate manner, almost so that you feel that you are getting to know them personally. There is very little talking in the movie; most of the time the soundtrack consists of beautiful music, much of which was composed for the movie. The music is so closely matched to the visual that at times it looked like the birds were dancing. The combination of visuals and music kept me completely engaged for the full hour and a half, and I highly recommend Winged Migration.