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Do You See What I See
Out of Sight
Hiding in the Light
The Cell: The Hidden Kingdom
Why We Ride
Extreme Orbits - Clockwork and Creation
Only the Dead
D-Day: As it Happens (1)
The World Set Free
In the Shadow of the Moon
The Roof of the World
Florence and the Uffizi Gallery
Inequality for All
How to Stay Young The Brain
Cooked: Water
The Science of Doctor Who
Neanderthal 2
Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie
Why Do We Dream
South Pacific Fragile Paradise
LIfe Animated
Light Speed
Erasing Dad
Sunken Ship Rescue
What is the Secret of Life
Next of Kin
Alien Planets
The Vikings Uncovered
Frozen Planet: The Last Frontier
Science Britannica: Frankenstein Monsters
St Peter and the Papal Basilicas of Rome
Turtle Power The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Asia and Australia
The Search for a New Earth
Fractals Hunting the Hidden Dimension

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Life: Birds
Life: Birds 2009

Birds owe their global success to feathers - something no other animal has. They allow birds to do extraordinary things. For the first time, a slow-motion camera captures the unique flight of the marvellous spatuletail hummingbird as he flashes long, iridescent tail feathers in the gloomy undergrowth. Aerial photography takes us into the sky with an Ethiopian lammergeier dropping bones to smash them into edible-sized bits. Thousands of pink flamingoes promenade in one of nature's greatest spectacles. The sage grouse rubs his feathers against his chest in a comic display to make popping noises that attract females. The Vogelkop bowerbird makes up for his dull colour by building an intricate structure and decorating it with colourful beetles and snails.

Category:Nature  Duration:59:00   Series: Life

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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