The first film ever produced on the Wallcreeper

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Like a Butterfly
The incredible life of the Wallcreeper


A World Premiere
Produced by Salamandre Films /Switzerland and with Frank Neveu as Film Director, this movie will be the first film ever on the Wallcreeper.

A Unique Bird
Its beauty, its incredible lifestyle. This very special bird is a real fascination for many birders all around the world. Let’s discover it.

Stunning images
This documentary (26’) has a classical naturalist structure, but such an orignal subject doesn’t need too much: its biology is so fascinating and the bird as the mountains are so beautiful. The movie follows the breeding from courtship to fledging and leads to wintering. It underlines why the Wallcreeper is a so very special creature. Discover also the beauty of the flight as dust and sun bathing, very rare images.

A Magic Foreword
 «This bird is simply magic, in a word, a revelation.»
Extract of the foreword of the film by Lars Jonsson. World-famous bird painter and ornithologist, the Swede wrote us a very personnal and powerful text that opens the movie.

THE voice
We had the honour to work with a great professional to tell the story. Indeed, British actor Geoffrey Bateman made the Central School of Speech and Drama in London and worked for many documentaries as for the BBC.

Film Director
Ecologist, conservationist, and film maker, Frank Neveu lives in France. He spends three years and a half to shoot this documentary in the Alps.


• Wallcreeper
• World Premiere
• Original and beautiful images


Technical datas
• DVD zone zero (world)
• movie is 26’
• total bonus is 19’30’’
• stereo or 5.1 sound
• natural version (no speaker)

• making-of along the cliff with verticality and interviews of the film maker and helpers (18’)
• webtrailer (1’30’’)


Salamandre Films, Passionate by Nature
The 30 years old nature editor «La Salamandre» based in Switzerland, launched DVD documentaries in 2004. It produces now three films per year and this one is the very first in English because of the worldwide fascination the Wallcreeper has among birders and nature lovers.


From Spain to China, throughout Eurasia, a fabulous bird discreetly haunts the mountains. Few ornithologists examine its life. Illustrated reports about this flamboyant bird are rare. No films exist.


This documentary, a world first, sets out to fill this gap so as to enable the vast majority to finally enter into the extraordinary world of the wallcreeper. It invites you into a stony, vertical universe to share in the bird’s daily life, following it closely for an entire year as shaped by the rhythm of the days, seasons, climatic variations and meetings with its neighbours on the rock faces.  


Somewhere in the Alps, around 2000m in altitude. The wallcreepers make a sudden return after wintering lower down in the valley. They are going to breed, and we will follow the nesting process from their displays to the flight of the young birds.


Why do wallcreepers return to such heights each summer? What is their secret? In fact, the reason that the wallcreeper is so original in its morphology and its habits is to live ON the rock and benefit from a fabulous manna that is inaccessible to other rock birds such as crag martins and redstarts. Millions of insects, spiders and small crustaceans live in this hostile environment. Concealed on the rock or in its cavities, they represent an enormous biomass of prey, a treasure-trove for the wallcreeper.


The nomadic and vertical habits of the butterfly-like bird guarantee it survives the winter without mishap, while its body, right to the tip of its claws, is dedicated to life on rock faces. The wallcreeper – one of nature’s marvels and an immense source of fascination for ornithologists and nature lovers.



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