Run-Time: 1 x 52 min.
Directed by Florian Berger and Stefan Polasek
Written by Florian Berger and Stefan Polasek
A co-production by ORF and Kubefilm in association with Austrian Television Fund
Languages: German (ORIGINAL) , English (DUBBED) , French (DUBBED) , German (SUB TITLE)
Return of the Hoopoe
Die Rückkehr des Wiedehopfs
Across Europe hoopoes are struggling. But amidst the orchards and vineyards of the Wagram region near Vienna they are thriving. This documentary shows how the small bird with the spectacular crown feathers made a comeback in the heart of Europe and how it is dealing with its neighbours: Aesculapian snakes, foxes and falcons. But it is also the story of one man's dream that came true: Manfred Eckenfellner is the Hoopoe Whisperer, and through his passion the birds found their way back to the Wagram. Even cultivated landscapes like Wagram's vineyards offer countless opportunities for wild animals to find new niches. Kestrels use castle towers to breed and bee-eaters live in the same layers of loess vintners grow their grapes on.
Awards: Gran Paradiso International Nature Film Festival 2013: Trofeo Stambecco d'Oro, Gran Paradiso International Nature Film Festival 2013: Trofeo Stambecco d'Oro, ekotopfilm - International Festival of Sustainable Development Films 2013: Grand Prix - Prize of the Slovak Government, International Science Film Festival World of Knowledge 2013: Grand Prix - figurine The Tree of Knowledge, Ökofilmtour 2014: Best Children and Youth Film