The movie describes a type of birding that is foreign to me personally, but familiar to many, one that focuses on lists and going where ever the bird is to see it and add it to your list of sightings. In the movie, that list involves a competition among birders to obtain a list of the most species seen in a year's time. Despite the disclaimer that introduces the movie saying, "based on a true story, except where we've changed the facts", it is fun to see a depiction of this activity, the traveling, the amount of money that gets poured into the economy, the enthusiasm and excitement generated by seeing birds, no matter what the personal goal of the birder.
Who doesn't love birds? There's everything to love. This is a movie about loving birds, and about human nature as it unfolds while birders compete for the "big year". Go see it. If you're a birder you'll love it, both because its fun and because some aspect of it is about you. If you aren't a birder, you'll find it curious, and I hope that will lead you to some form of birding. Birds are full of magic and they're all around you. Take a closer look!
Visit this link to see the trailer that includes "fall out" and the Swainson's hawk.
More on the movie, the Big Year with trailers.
Roger Ebert Review
Review by John Pushock for North American Birding
Visit the Knoxville Ornithological Society
For the Love of It...
...the sage sees heaven reflected in Nature as in a mirror, and he pursues this Art, not for the sake of gold or silver, but for the love of the knowledge which it reveals.