The Private Life of the Kingfisher
|"The Private Life of the Kingfisher"|
|Episode no.||Episode 144|
|Written by||Jeffery Boswall|
|Narrated by||Peter Scott|
|Produced by||Jeffery Boswall|
|Cinematography by||Ronald Eastman|
|Editing by||Tom Poore|
|Production code||BBC Natural History Unit|
|Original air date||1967|
|Awards||Silver Medal, 1967 Moscow Film Festival|
The Private Life of the Kingfisher (styled in its opening titles as "The private life of the KINGFISHER), made in 1966 and screened in 1967 as episode 144 of the nature series Look, was the first BBC natural history film to be shown in colour.
Depicting a pair of common kingfishers at their underground nest on the River Test in Hampshire, England, it was filmed and directed by Ronald and Rosemary Eastman (Ron doing the photography and Rosemary the sound), written and produced by Jeffery Boswall, and narrated by Peter Scott.
The Eastmans originally submitted footage as an amateur contribution, but were commissioned by the BBC Natural History Unit to re-film it on a professional basis. The film proved so popular, that it was repeated eight times. It won the Silver Medal at the 1967 Moscow Film Festival.
- WildFilm page with clips from the film.