Bulgaria is home for an amazing number of wild birds – over 400 species! In Europe only the skies of Spain beat that number.
The film takes us on an exciting journey to the bedazzling bird world in the southeastern end of our continent. Tyulenovo and Durankulak are trapped in the severe grip of the winter ice and snow but the Red-breasted Geese still prefer this land for their wintering territory. The Long-legged Buzzards protect their kingdom from the sky above the majestic Belogradchik Rocks. Deep in the heart of the Rhodope Mountains we can still admire the Egyptian Vulture, one of the most intelligent birds in the world. Along the Arda River Canyon, surrounded by volcanic rock, Griffon Vultures scramble clumsily for food. The mysterious stone dolmens in Sakar Mountain enjoy the company of the last 23 pairs of Imperial Eagles in Bulgaria. Just outside the city of Burgas a popular bird, the White Stork, displays its character; flocks of pelicans glide impressively over the apartment blocks, and the female waders enjoy the summer bliss attended by their thin-billed suitors in the warm waters of sea lagoons.
The idea for a film about Bulgarian wild birds came from the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB). I was very pleased to accept the challenge – I think that Flying Away reveals a lot about our birds – they are interesting creatures, and remind me of us humans in many respects. Even though some have quite strange habits, most birds are social animals, loving parents and devoted partners. My intention was to create a film for the wide public, so I had to present the information in a popular, entertaining manner; for this I relied on the assistance of one of the most devoted bird lovers in the country – the ornithologist Dr Petar Iankov from BSPB. Thanks to my work on this film I realised how fortunate Bulgaria is – beside the amazing nature we have an incredible diversity of wild birds!
I strongly believe that we must make an effort to preserve this living treasure. Unfortunately today the fragile sky dwellers are exposed to a ruthless human impact – I witnessed illegal logging, uncontrolled poaching, mindless habitat destruction…
The moment when the birds will fly away is fast approaching. The question is, will they come back.
- original title: Те отлитат Te otlitat
- alternate titles: Flying Away
- country: Bulgaria
- release date: April 2013
- filming format: HD 1080p
- screening formats: HD, BD, DVD
- picture: colour, 1.78:1
- sound: stereo 2.0
- runtime: 40 min
- original language: Bulgarian
- subtitles: English
- IMDb: imdb.com/title/tt3070910
- website: monoco.eu/flyingaway