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The Gatekeepers
Frozen Planet: Autumn
1945 The Savage Peace
The Southwest Islands
Cooked: Air
Hitler and the Occult
Kingdom of the Blue Whale
Our Voyage to the Stars
Archimedes Secret
Earth, the Power of the Planet: Atmosphere
The Most Dangerous Band in the World. The Story of Guns N Roses
The Nazis, A Warning From History. Episode 1
When Knowledge Conquered Fear
Saturn Lord of the Rings
Black Holes
Enchanted Kingdom
The Art Of The Impossible
Turtle Power The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Bomb It
Dinosaurs Alive
Shine a Light 2of2
Deep Sea
One Life on the Limit
Neanderthal 1
Kingdom of Plants Life in the Wet Zone
The Farthest
Deep Earth
Walking with Cavemen: First Ancestors
Worst Days on Planet Earth
A Leap of Faith
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy 1
Waltz With Bashir
What the World is Waiting for - British Indie
The Search for a New Earth
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. Standing Up in the Milky Way
Lord of Asia

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Penguin Shores
Penguin Shores 2005

A dramatic journey along the coasts of South America, from the Falklands to the tropical Galapagos. The cold currents create rich fisheries, and support such diverse marine life as dolphins, killer whales, sea lions and albatross. But the most biquitous creatures are the penguins, which inhabit surprising locations - lush forest, arid desert and even equatorial areas.

Category:Nature  Duration:50:00   Series: Wild South America

Galapagos: Islands that Changed the World
Galapagos: Islands that Changed the World 2006

From flightless cormorants hunting underwater to giant tortoises courting on the rim of an active volcano, a look at the hidden side of Galapagos, revealing why it is such a fascinating showcase for evolution.

Category:Nature  Duration:49:00   Series: Galapagos

Galapagos: Forces of Change
Galapagos: Forces of Change 2006

Animals and plants in the Galapagos have evolved the most surprising ways to cope with the profound geological and climatic forces.

Category:Nature  Duration:49:00   Series: Galapagos

The Insatiable Appetite
The Insatiable Appetite 1998

The next instalment focuses on dietary needs and how different species have evolved beaks to suit their individual requirements. The latter come in a multitude of forms. Blue tits and goldfinches have beaks akin to tweezers, with which to extract seeds, while the hawfinch's razor-like bill can deal with a cherry-stone. However, the crossbill is the only finch that can twist its mandibles in opposite directions. Jays store acorns for winter by burying them in the ground, whereas woodpeckers can keep up to 60,000 of them in one tree trunk. Sap is also desirable, and there are a variety of methods used to obtain it. The hoatzin is the only specialised leaf-eater, and accordingly has a digestive system more akin to that of cattle. Plants recruit birds to aid pollination, and offer nectar as a reward. Hummingbirds eat little else, and the sword-bill's beak is the longest of any bird in relation to its body. Insects are also highly prized, and Galapagos finches are shown to possess some ingenuity as they not only strip bark, but also use 'tools' to reach their prey. Crows are hailed as being among the most intelligent birds, and one is shown using a twig to spear a grub within a fallen log. The robin is an opportunist, and Sir Attenborough observes one seizing morsels as he digs a patch of earth. In South America, a cattle tyrant sits atop an obliging capybara and uses its vantage point to spot passing food that may be dislodged by its grazing partner.

Category:Nature  Duration:50:00   Series: The Life of Birds

 
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