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Dawn Of Humanity
Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe
Journey to Space
Marvel 75 Years: From Pulp to Pop!
Secrets of the Sun
A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY
Sea Monsters
Frozen Planet: Autumn
Restrepo
Queen: Days of Our Lives
First Position
The Ultimate Wave
Ocean Predators
The Captains
Enchanted Kingdom
Finding Atlantis
The Ming
Hiroshima 1 of 2
Fury
How the Solar System was Made
Space Station
The Oceans
Stem Cell Universe with Stephen Hawking
Can We Make a Star on Earth
The Art of Flight
The Power of Miracles
Fracking The New Energy Rush
Sin City
The Chemistry of Life
Insect Hunters
Colours Of Earth
Birth of the Earth
Why are We Here
Nature Microworlds: Galapagos
How Many People Can Live on Planet Earth
For the Love of Spock

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Galapagos with David Attenborough Origin
Galapagos with David Attenborough Origin 2013

Sir David Attenborough returns to the Galápagos Islands and travels throughout the archipelago to explain their origins and their unique fauna in evolutionary terms. He has captured a new species of pink iguana on film for the first time. In the first episode, the islands of the Galapagos rose explosively from the ocean four million years ago. Although life would not seem viable in such a remote Pacific outpost, the first arrivals landed as the fires still burned. David Attenborough explores the islands for the animals and plants that descend from these pioneers: from the sea birds carrying the seeds that made a tentative foothold on these rocks, to equator-dwelling penguins and a dancing bird with blue feet. This is a story of treacherous journeys, life-forms that forged unlikely companionships, and surviving against all odds. It is the story of an evolutionary melting pot in which anything and everything is possible.

Category:Nature  Duration:52:05      Series: Galapagos with David Attenborough

Nature Microworlds: Galapagos
Nature Microworlds: Galapagos 2012

A visit to arguably the most famous archipelago on Earth, the Galapagos. It's home to a myriad of bizarre and unique creatures, endemic to these islands - but how did they get here and what is the key to these extraordinary islands that allows them to thrive? The programme reveals that this key holds not just the secret to life here, but also to how Darwin was able to leave with the ideas that would revolutionise biology.

Category:Nature  Duration:30:00   

Meat-Eaters
Meat-Eaters 1998

This episode examines those birds whose sustenance comes from flesh and their methods of hunting. In New Zealand, Sir Attenborough observes Keas, parrots that do not eat meat exclusively, raiding a shearwater's burrow for a chick. However, it is the dedicated birds of prey, such as owls, buzzards, eagles, falcons and vultures, to which much of the programme is devoted. In order to spot and pursue their victims, senses of sight and hearing are very acute. Vultures are the exception, in that they eat what others have left, and once a carcass is found, so many birds descend on it that the carrion seems submerged beneath them. The Turkey Vulture is an anomaly within its group, as it also has a keen sense of smell. Eagles defend their territory vigorously, and a pair of sea eagles are shown engaging in an aerial battle. The Galápagos Hawk hunts Marine Iguanas, but can only do so when its quarry is vulnerable, during the breeding season. The African Harrier Hawk has adapted to extracting burrowing animals by virtue of an especially long, double-jointed pair of legs. By contrast, a shrike is not equipped with the requisite sharp beak and talons needed for butchery, and so dismembers its kill by impaling it on the thorns of acacias. The Lammergeier eats bones, and will drop them on to rocks from a great height in order to break them down to a digestible size. Also featured are the Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Goshawk and Peregrine Falcon.

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

 
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