|CREATURES OF THE THAW|
All over northern Asia, over a few short weeks, freshwater has been locked up as snow and ice is released, filling the rivers to owerflowing. As the floods recede, Ezo brown frogs spawn in the shallow pools left in the flood’s wake. Their part in the survival chain is critical for in the spring, they will provide essential nutrition for fish owls and cranes.
On the riverbank’s frozen farmlands, Japanese Cranes forage amidst the stublle of the autumn harvest. And further north in Siberia, the world’s most remarkable lake is about to begin its majestic thaw. Lake Baikal is around 400 miles long and up to a mile in depth. It’s home to the planet’s only freswater seals - the Nerpa - and pups raised on this icy inland sea will soon see their solid home transformed to liquid.
As spring turns to summer, animal and plant life explodes in Asia’s lakes, rivers and marshes. Under their parent’s watchful eyes, young cranes explore their marshland homes. And in the myriad ponds and bogs, male sticklebacks build nests to lure females, and dragonfilies and water mantis feast on tadpoles.
Wildlife Asian International Film Festival Best Cinematography
International French Wildlife Film Festival Best Editing, Best Script, Best knowledge of the Animal World
New Zealand Wild Festival Special Jury Prize Hi Def
New York Film Festival Best Photography, Best Soundmix, Best Educational Value