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Stunning Stills and Portraits of Alfred Hitchcock Posing with Birds from the Movie 'The Birds (1963)'

‘The Birds’ was an American natural horror-thriller film produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It was released in 1963. The story revolves around a series of sudden and unexplained violent attacks on the people of Bodega Bay, California, loosely based on the 1952 story of the same name by Daphne du Maurier. Rod Taylor stars in the film alongside Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette, and Veronica Cartwright. Evan Hunter wrote the screenplay, which Hitchcock directed to create new characters and a more elaborate plot while keeping du Maurier’s title and concept of unexplained bird attacks.

Hitchcock told The Press Democrat while filming in 1962.

I chose Bodega Bay because it is small, intimate, isolated, colorful — the sort of place made for this picture. The people are just right for the scenes I need,

The news coverage during filming reported everything from Hitchcock’s demands – more chickens, more grass – to the $400 fine he paid for exceeding the number of birds allowed by his Fish and Wildlife Service permit. Approximately 500 live crows, ravens, chickens, and seagulls were trapped by mid-March 1962, according to a Press Democrat report.

Some fabulous photos show scenes from ‘The Birds’ and Alfred Hitchcock posing with birds.

#1 Crows chasing school children in ‘The Birds’, 1963

Crows chasing school children in 'The Birds', 1963

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#2 The Birds Tippi Hedren makes a telephone call in a scene from ‘The Birds’, 1963

The Birds Tippi Hedren makes a telephone call in a scene from 'The Birds', 1963

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#3 A group of schoolchildren flee the avian threat in a scene from ‘The Birds’, 1963

A group of schoolchildren flee the avian threat in a scene from 'The Birds', 1963

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#4 Tippi Hedren at Claridge’s Hotel in London, 23th August 1963. She is in the capital for the UK premiere of the Alfred Hitchcock film ‘The Birds’.

Tippi Hedren at Claridge's Hotel in London, 23th August 1963. She is in the capital for the UK premiere of the Alfred Hitchcock film 'The Birds'.

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#5 Tippi Hedren attends the premiere of ‘The Birds’ at the Odeon Leicester Square, 29th August 1963.

Tippi Hedren attends the premiere of 'The Birds' at the Odeon Leicester Square, 29th August 1963.

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#6 Tippi Hedren attends the premiere of ‘The Birds’ at the Odeon Leicester Square, 29th August 1963.

Tippi Hedren attends the premiere of 'The Birds' at the Odeon Leicester Square, 29th August 1963.

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#7 A little boy shrieks as a bird sinks its talons into his neck in a publicity still for ‘The Birds’, 1963

A little boy shrieks as a bird sinks its talons into his neck in a publicity still for 'The Birds', 1963

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#8 Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) and Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) walk among dead sea gulls in a scene from the ‘The Birds’, 1963

Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) and Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) walk among dead sea gulls in a scene from the 'The Birds', 1963

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#9 Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) fights off an attacking gull in ‘The Birds’, 1963

Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) fights off an attacking gull in 'The Birds', 1963

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#10 Tippi Hedren and a group of children run away from the attacking crows in a still from the film ‘The Birds’, 1963

Tippi Hedren and a group of children run away from the attacking crows in a still from the film 'The Birds', 1963

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#11 Tippi Hedren and Alfred Hitchcock release 1,000 pigeons at the RKO Palace Theater in New York City to mark the opening of Hitchcock’s film, ‘The Birds,’ 1963

Tippi Hedren and Alfred Hitchcock release 1,000 pigeons at the RKO Palace Theater in New York City to mark the opening of Hitchcock's film, 'The Birds,' 1963

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#12 Tippi Hedren and Alfred Hitchcock at Cannes surrounded by photographers, 1963

Tippi Hedren and Alfred Hitchcock at Cannes surrounded by photographers, 1963

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#13 Tippi Hedren poses prettily with Buddy, the Raven, between scenes of ‘The Birds’, 1963

Tippi Hedren poses prettily with Buddy, the Raven, between scenes of 'The Birds', 1963

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#14 Alfred Hitchcock raising his hand in the air, with actress Tippi Hedren (right) and Mrs Hitchcock (close to camera) at the premiere of the film ‘The Birds’ at Cannes, May 11th 1963.

Alfred Hitchcock raising his hand in the air, with actress Tippi Hedren (right) and Mrs Hitchcock (close to camera) at the premiere of the film 'The Birds' at Cannes, May 11th 1963.

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#15 Alfred Hitchcock Feeding Pigeons While in Washington, DC to promote his film ‘The Birds’, 1963

Alfred Hitchcock Feeding Pigeons While in Washington, DC to promote his film 'The Birds', 1963

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#16 Alfred Hitchcock and leading lady Tippi Hedren pose with a stuffed raven on the set of the film ‘The Birds, 1963.

Alfred Hitchcock and leading lady Tippi Hedren pose with a stuffed raven on the set of the film 'The Birds, 1963.

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#17 A group of schoolchildren flail about in terror at the avian attack in a publicity still for ‘The Birds’, 1963

A group of schoolchildren flail about in terror at the avian attack in a publicity still for 'The Birds', 1963

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