You May Take a Pigeon to the Films



You May Take a Pigeon to the Films…

Written by Bob Sundstrom
That is BirdNote.

[sound effects suggesting a movie theater]

You possibly can take a pigeon to the flicks. And, being a pigeon, it could definitely benefit from the popcorn.

[Rock Pigeon flapping, then calling,…, 0.02-.05]

However the film? In all probability not. As a result of a film made for people would look — to a pigeon — extra like a sequence of nonetheless photographs.

See, motion pictures run at 24 frames per second, good for people to sense as regular velocity. However pigeons, like different birds and small mammals, course of the visible world a number of occasions sooner. So the place we see a “shifting image,” pigeons would see the person frames of a movie in sluggish movement.

[Screeching sounds of a car chase cross fade under next track with slow “ka-chunk ka-chunk” of a slide show progression]

So, that fast-paced automotive chase that places us on the sting of our seats… is basically extra like a sluggish, boring slideshow — or PowerPoint — for a pigeon.

[Sound of the ka-chunk ka-chunk of a slide show progressing]

A chicken’s rapid-fire notion helps it keep alive, whether or not by looking fast-moving prey or eluding speedy predators.

[Rock Pigeon flapping,…, 0.03-.05]

From the pigeon’s perspective, we people stay within the sluggish lane.

[Rock Pigeon calls,…, 0.04-.-08]

For BirdNote, I’m Ashley Ahearn.

Producer: John Kessler
Govt Producer: Sallie Bodie
Editor: Ashley Ahearn
Affiliate Producer: Ellen Blackstone
Assistant Producer: Mark Bramhill
Bird sounds supplied by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. ML167023011 flapping recorded by Paul Marvin. ML3891 cooing recorded by James Kimball. ML69278 recorded by A. Priori.
BirdNote’s theme was composed and performed by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.
© 2020 BirdNote   April 2020/2022     Narrator: Ashley Ahearn
ID# ROPI-05-2020-04-03    ROPI-05
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