It isn’t camera trickery that allowed David Attenborough to get close to the birds that are at the heart of his new nature documentary, Conquests of the Skies 3D: it’s good, old-fashioned maternal bonding.
As The Telegraph explains, “The whooper swans…were filmed in close-up using a 3D camera rig with the help of a former children’s nurse they consider a mother. Rose Buck was lying in the boat, encouraging the swans to follow her as Sir David delivered his expertise to camera. The swans are some of a flock of birds raised by Mrs Buck and her husband, Lloyd, and used in programmes such as Springwatch and The One Show. Travelling the country as a makeshift ‘family,’ the swans have been ‘imprinted’ with the image of Mrs Buck as mother from when they hatched, meaning they are devoted to following her every move with trust.”
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