Poached

Synopsis: Obsessive egg thieves threaten the rarest birds by robbing their nests each Spring while a UK national police operation tries to stop them. Money is not a factor for these bandits. They are motivated by both their passion for the beauty of the egg as well as the thrill of the chase. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds teams with the National Wildlife Crime Unit for Operation Easter, to hunt and jail these robbers. Thousands of eggs confiscated in police raids have been found strapped under beds, beneath floorboards, and in secret rooms. With unprecedented access to the most notorious and most unsuspecting perpetrators, POACHED delves into the psychology of these wildlife criminals as they confront their obsession. Ultimately showing when passion turns to obsession, it can destroy the very object of ones desire.
Director(s): Timothy Wheeler
Production: Ignite Channel
  2 wins & 1 nomination.
 
IMDB:
7.0
PG-13
Year:
2015
90 min
3 Views

[soft instrumental

music playing]

[birds cawing]

No, no.

Police won't get us.

In the past,

I've quite often thought about

doing documentary work

and, um,

putting videos out

and footage.

I've never been able to get

the opportunity because

of me having past

convictions and things.

The authorities will

never take me serious.

We try and keep it

secretive and all.

We don't want people

recognizing the faces and that.

We wear a lot

of camouflage gear and that.

So that if anybody

does come, you know,

we could obviously blend

into the woodlands.

[jaunty instrumental

music playing]

Whoa, whoa, whoa.

Bird off!

It's an easy climb.

[grunting]

What's in it?

- Three.

- Three eggs. Are they nice?

Yes, actually, fantastic.

You keep your eyes open.

[Birds of a Feather playing]

[crowd clamoring]

[song ends]

I've got over

a hundred eggs this year.

Some of them eggs

are osprey,

golden eagle, and...

Oh, some avocets.

[wind blowing]

I've got about

3,500 odd eggs

in the collection.

It's so simple to just

not get caught.

[whispering]

You are a rascal.

You are a rascal.

Go on. Away you go.

Bugger off.

Bugger off.

[chuckles]

You'll never

eradicate all crime.

You'll never

eradicate all thefts

and breaches of the peace

and murders and rapes,

nor any egg collectors.

The best you can do

is to minimize it.

[bell ringing]

Why is it particularly

the English

that are involved in this?

I don't know.

It's weird.

[chuckles]

It's totally weird.

There's no other

word for it, really.

Egg collecting is almost

seen like pedophilia,

and that's a term that

I quite often hear.

And it disturbs me

very much, that.

[Alan] When I was very young, I

used to collect birds' eggs,

as did most people

at that time.

Most young boys

collected birds' eggs.

I can't understand it

because I was saying,

I never knew any

girls to do that.

Nope, all boys.

[Andy] It used to be

quite common for kids

to get involved

in egg collecting.

And as you get older,

you know, kids mature.

They find other things

to do, and it's something

that they grow out of.

But certain individuals, I think

they just become obsessed with it.

I couldn't stop collecting eggs because...

A bit of an addiction, I'd class it as.

It could be like a drug addiction.

I've never had a drug addiction, really, but

it could be like that.

It's a bad addiction.

The ultimate thing would

always be the golden eagle.

'Cause it's like, the

ultimate bird in the book and

used to always

dream about them.

You love them that much

you covet them.

When you find

a prize there

that's good.

[Andy]

It's strange.

It's not like they go out and

they take one egg from a nest.

They'll take the whole clutch,

and they will collect as many

of that particular

species as they can.

Mmm.

[soft instrumental

music playing]

Egg collectors have different

passions for difference species.

But there is no doubt the rare

birds are the ones that are of interest.

These people are not in it for

the money. It's obsessionally driven.

As I say, it's this

trophy hunting.

With a lot of

rare breeding birds,

they only get one breeding

attempt during the year

so if you take that clutch of eagle

eggs or the eggs from the osprey,

that's the end of the breeding

season for that bird for the year.

Birds like the

red-backed shrike

were lost in Britain because the last

pairs were really targeted by egg collectors.

I think if you've ever

seen anyone approach a nest,

you know how disruptive, how

distressing it is to the birds.

It will come in and fly over. It will

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