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Red-billed quelea

Duration: 01:27

1.5 billion of these fast-breeding birds swarm over Africa's savannah and this is the largest flock of birds ever caught on camera. Filming this spectacle from below put the cameraman in a vulnerable position and he and his equipment ended up covered in guano. The fast frame speed capability of Super16 captured the rapid movement of this intense throng.

Available since: Fri 29 May 2009


Key talent
David Attenborough
Jonny Keeling

This clip is from

Planet Earth Great Plains

7/11 David Attenborough looks at the world's great plains.

First broadcast: 12 Nov 2006

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