Witness some of the world’s greatest wildlife spectacles, struggles, migrations, and stunning landscapes from a bird’s-eye view when airs on six consecutive Wednesdays, September 4, 11, 18, 25, October 2 and 9, 2013 at 8 p.m. After the broadcast, each episode will be available for online streaming at pbs.org/nature.
It took series producer John Downer and his team four years to film more than 100 bird species in 40 different countries.
To get remarkably close flying shots of wild vultures in South Africa, cameramen on paragliders piloted by biologists utilized the same updrafts and thermals as the birds they were there to film.
Episode three: (airs Wednesday, September 18 at 8 p.m.) Cranes and geese rise over Venice, Dover, Edinburgh and the monkey-guarded Rock of Gibraltar.
In Rome, the Loire Valley, Holland and Hungary, birds gather by the millions to breed and two by two to raise their families.
To experience riding on the backs of bald eagles and snow geese or flying alongside a flock of brown pelicans as they scan and dive for fish in the ocean below.
State-of-the-art technology and sophisticated camera techniques have now made it possible to do just that and more as takes viewers on a breathtaking aerial adventure over six continents.
Tiny HD cameras on the backs of trained birds captured amazing viewpoints that have never been seen before, such as that of a snow goose flying over New York Harbor toward the Statue of Liberty or a bald eagle soaring through the Grand Canyon in search of food.
The work involved in producing some images involved what is known as “imprinting,” which involves raising a flock of birds from birth.The series received two of wildlife film industry’s highest honors: the Christopher Parsons Outstanding Achievement Award given by the Wildscreen Festival and the Grand Teton Award given by the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.Recently, the International Wildlife Film Festival honored program was made possible in part by the Arnhold Family in memory of Clarisse Arnhold, the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust, the Filomen M.Whether retracing the North American flight paths taken by thousands of migrating wild snow geese traveling to their Arctic breeding grounds or witnessing, for the first time, the aerobatics of devil rays as they somersault and splash back into the sea, the goal was to show the world on the wings of birds.To capture a view of the greatest gathering of wild flamingos seen in 20 years, the team employed a variety of spycams.Episode two: (airs Wednesday, September 11 at 8 p.m.) Fly and arrow-dive with cape gannets among sharks, dolphins, whales and the great sardine run.