Ding’ Darling Film Follows Rare Eagle


(SANIBEL) The ninth annual “Ding” Darling Film Series continues Wednesday, Feb. 17, with Bird of Prey, a 94-minute documentary that takes viewers on a journey upon the wings of the world’s rarest eagle, the Philippine eagle.

This film is only available to be streamed from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 17th. A Zoom virtual discussion will follow at 5 p.m. Pre-registration for the film and discussion are required; visit dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/lecture-and-film-series for links.

Those who register for the film will receive an email a day before the showing that contains the streaming link and password along with a link to the Zoom discussion.

Bailey’s General Store wine buyer Calli Johnson has recommended Uncaged Red Blend, produced by the namesake singer of the Zac Brown Band, to enjoy with the post discussion. Johnson said, “The label features a barn owl, another bird of prey that struggles with some of the same challenges as the great Philippine eagle.”

In Bird of Prey, world-renowned wildlife cinematographer Neil Rettig embarks on the challenging assignment to film the rare and majestic bird. Woven with stunning cinematography, the award-winning documentary from Cornell Lab of Ornithology soars to the heights of the vanishing species while telling the tale of an inspiring group of people determined to save the species from extinction.

A multiple film festival selection and winner, the documentary explores the Philippine eagle’s critical endangerment, caused by habitat loss and human persecution, yet leaves the viewer with hope for the future of the species, whose population is now estimated at fewer than 1,000.