Science and nature documentaries

Discovering Animal Behaviour

01. Little Slavers
This documentary shows the spectacular behaviour of slaves catch on a species of ants in Sierra Nevada (Spain). +info
02. Color Codes
Why are birds so brightly coloured? The researcher Juan Carlos Senar has discovered that different colors send different messages. For example, bright yellow means healthy and black means aggressive. Painting a black spot on a bird increased its dominance in the group. +info
03. The Paradox of Blue Eggs
Dr. Juan Moreno has found that by the colors of their eggs females can communicate its quality to males. +info
04. Perfumed Don Juans
Drs. Jose Martin and Pilar Lopez bring their work on sexual selection in lizards and the role of chemical signals in communication between rivals and partners. These "perfumes" are compounds including vitamins, a way of demonstrating the quality of the animal that produces them. +info
05. Calling Cards
The smell left by voles is like a business card that reduces aggression among voles who are the owners of a territory. +info
06. Fertilization à la carte
That’s incredible that females choose males with different characteristics depending on the sex of the offspring that will have. +info
07. The Kiss of Death
Cannibalism in the tarantulas is the subject of study in this documentary. By artificial nest has filmed the intimate life of these arachnids. +info
08. A Mothers Courage
Shot in Asturias, is about infanticide in brown bears and their conservation issues. The bears in the Cantabrian Mountains sometimes face male infanticidal behavior in heat. +info
09. Conflictive Parenthood
This chapter focuses on sperm competition in damselflies (a group of dragonflies) and is based on the research of Dr. Adolfo Cordero. +info
10. A Fortunate Forgetfulness
Dr. Mario Diaz has shown that the balance between field mice and their predators promotes regeneration of Mediterranean forests. The mice "planted" the oaks. +info
11. Breeding Helpers
The Azure-winged magpie is a very social bird. In addition to always go in flocks, some members help others to feed their young. +info
12. Looking for Paradise
According to recent publications of Dr. Eloy Revilla of the Biological Station of Doñana lynx youth are able to take more risks, and because it can colonize new territories. +info
13. Journey to Discovery
Each year, thousands of kites across the Strait of Gibraltar to reach their breeding areas in the Iberian Peninsula. +info
14. Kings of the Meadow
Monfragüe N. P. keeps one Mediterranean forest sanctuaries, here lives the black vulture. What are the food sources maintain this prosperous population? Dr. Emilio Costillo, analyzed their food preferences. +info
15. Courting
Although males collaborate in a way to attract females to the sands, once they arrive, it becomes clear that they are but determined opponents competing for reproduction. +info
16. Captives of the Forest
The “cantaderos”, of grouse they fell silent. Doctors Maria Jose Bañuelos and Mario Quevedo of the University of Oviedo use by powerful GIS to try to determine what are the conditions that make a habitat appropriate or not. +info
17. Seasonal Heremits
In Granada, is the enormous Cueva del Agua. Here are some animals that do not live anywhere else. Dr. Carmen Zamora investigates the behavior of these "little heremits". +info
18. Micro-strategists
Dr. Santiago Merino of the Spanish CSIC, is studying malaria in blue tits, a small insectivorous bird. Their findings open new lines of work to eradicate this serious disease similar to humans. +info
19 Birds with Personality
The ibis is a bird in extreme danger of extinction. Researchers design curious experiments to unravel the secrets of their personality, they hope that through this recovery plan can be much more successful. +info
20. Low Stress Diet
Dr. Alberto Redondo of the University of Córdoba studies the horses behaviour and their relationship with food. He has found that a rich in vegetable fats diet not only reduces stress, also the risk of an accident the rider to his horse frightened. +info
21. Eat or be eaten
Dr. David Alvarez by experiment in captivity has been shown that stickleback adapt their defense against herons depending on the speed of the water in which they live. +info
22. Gallant Choirs
Midwife toads singing to attract females, Dr Rafael Márquez CSIC performed ingenious experiments to find out which are the most attractive. +info
23. The Price of Power
Dr. Isabel Barja studies the behavior of wolves in northern Spain and found that the dominant wolves are suffering more stress than subordinates. +info
24. Living on the Edge
A huge star-shaped limpet is in danger of extinction, the ribbed Mediterranean limpet. Dr. Jose Carlos García Gómez of the University of Seville has discovered that this limpet has adapted to being caught by humans since the time of the Neanderthals and is able to change its sex to defend itself. Because of its special configuration, the port of Ceuta is a great haven for this species. +info
25. Harems in the Artic
The reindeer have led to the Sami way of life since prehistoric times, the documentary shows how today has changed little handling that makes these animals are collected once a year in large fences to mark the new offspring. Dr. Ostein Holand studies the effect of the proportion of male and female reproductive success.
26. Dance with Me
Dr. Amotz Zahavi proposed in the 70 Handicap Principle inspired by these curious birds of the desert, becoming one of the father of ethology. The documentary shows one of the most curious examples of this theory, "Morning Dance". +info
27. Wings over the Pyrenees
The bearded vulture is one of the most endangered species in the Iberian Peninsula. This documentary shows how the study of their behavior, and in particular their dispersion can be used to design conservation strategies
28. Lunchtime, kids!
Communication between parents and children varies depending on the species. Dr. Jiri Porket studies this communication at the redstart that inhabits coniferous forests of the Czech Republic, deciphering how the distribution of food in the nest.
29. Family Secrets
Communication between parents and children varies depending on the species. Dr. Jiri Porket studies this communication at the redstart that inhabits coniferous forests of the Czech Republic, deciphering how the distribution of food in the nest.

Presentation

This series aims to contribute to the divulgation of scientific findings carried out by ethologists recognized. Knowing the nature is the best tool for sensitization and conservation. The format chosen in 5 minutes chapters facilitates broadcast through internet and mobile devices.
Premio Best Scientific Film Award in XXV International Biennial of Scientific Film of Ronda. 2008
Best Scientific Film Award in XXV International Biennial of Scientific Film of Ronda. 2008
Premio International Award  Scientists Made Documentary,  TeleNatura 2008
International Award Scientists Made Documentary, TeleNatura 2008
Premio International Bronze  Prism Scientific Divulgation,  Museos Científicos Coruñeses 2009
International Bronze Prism Scientific Divulgation, Museos Científicos Coruñeses 2009
Premio Finalista Festival Internacional del Cine Científico de Doñana.
Finalista Festival Internacional del Cine Científico de Doñana.
Premio 6th International Science Film Festival of Athens, homenaje y proyección
6th International Science Film Festival of Athens, homenaje y proyección
Premio Finalista ROME DOCSCIENT 2011 3nd International Scientific Film Festival of Universities and Research Authorities.
Finalista ROME DOCSCIENT 2011 3nd International Scientific Film Festival of Universities and Research Authorities.
Premio Premio al Documental más Votado por el Público.  “Harenes en el Ártico” MINIDOC 2014 Polán
Premio al Documental más Votado por el Público. “Harenes en el Ártico” MINIDOC 2014 Polán
Premio Finalista XXVII BIENAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE CIENTÍFICO. Serie Descubriendo el Comportamiento Animal y “ Polillas Osadas”. Ronda
Finalista XXVII BIENAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE CIENTÍFICO. Serie Descubriendo el Comportamiento Animal y “ Polillas Osadas”. Ronda
Premio Finalista XV CIENCIA EN ACCIÓN. Serie “Descubriendo el Comportamiento Animal” y “Polillas Osadas”. Barcelona
Finalista XV CIENCIA EN ACCIÓN. Serie “Descubriendo el Comportamiento Animal” y “Polillas Osadas”. Barcelona
Finalista en la Muestra Internacional de Cine y Video Científico DOCUMEN-TALES, Medellín Colombia Abril de 2012

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