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Premier :: 2011-12-29

Airs :: Thursday 8:00 PM on BBC One

Genre :: Documentary

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Bird's-eye view of the natural world, joining the journeys of snow geese, cranes, albatrosses, eagles and other birds across six continents. Beginning in North America, snow geese face their biggest predator, pelicans glide under San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, bald eagles in Alaska swoop among brown bears, and on the Great Plains, cowbirds dive under the feet of fighting bison. Narrated by David Tennant.

Latest Episode

Series 1 - Episode 6 - Flying High
Aired - 02 February 2012

Episode summary:

To fly like a bird, Earthflight not only captured remarkable images of wild flocks but also relied on some extraordinary relationships between people and birds. Filmed over four years, in six continents and more than 40 countries, the Earthflight team used many extraordinary techniques. For some of the unique flying shots, members of the team became part of the flock. The birds followed wherever they went – even in a microlight over Edinburgh and London. In Africa, paragliders floated alongside wild vultures, while a model vulture carried a camera inside the flock. In South America, wild-living macaws, that were rescued as babies, still come back to visit their ‘foster mother’ as he travels along a jungle river. In Africa, a radio-controlled ‘drone’ silently infiltrates masses of pink flamingos without disturbing a feather, and microlights and helicopters capture the dramatic moment white storks arrive over Istanbul. A tame vulture carried a camera across the African bush and recreated the behaviour of his wild relatives. Similarly, in the USA, a flock of hand-reared snow geese followed the migration route of wild flocks and took in the sights and sounds of New York – managing to get lost in Brooklyn.

Watch Episodes Online - Episode Guide

+ Series 1

+ Episode - 6 Flying High Aired - 02 February 2012
+ Episode - 5 Asia & Australia Aired - 26 January 2012
+ Episode - 4 South America Aired - 19 January 2012
+ Episode - 3 Europe Aired - 12 January 2012
+ Episode - 2 Africa Aired - 05 January 2012
+ Episode - 1 North America Aired - 29 December 2011

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