This summer marks the centenary of the birth of the pioneering Nobel Prize winning scientist, Konrad Lorenz.
To celebrate the anniversary, Nigel Anthony reads from the book which made him world famous.
In final episode, Queen Redgold saves the jackdaw colony at Altenberg.
Solomon, so the legend goes, had a magic ring which enabled him to speak to the animals in their own language.
Konrad Lorenz was gifted with a similar power of understanding the animal word, though he relied not on magic but hours of painstaking observation.
He shared the grounds of his home in Austria with an assortment of wild birds and other animals, which he allowed to roam freely.
Situated on the banks of the Danube, it was a naturalist's paradise and unconcerned at the apparent eccentricity of his behaviour, Lorenz reared mallards, jackdaws and greylag geese and then caged in his house to afford the humans a little privacy.
His entertaining and often humorous accounts of life at Altenberg have inspired countless other scientists to continue the fascinating study of animal behaviour.