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Welcome windfall

Duration: 00:34

Long grass can become very dry and that makes it vulnerable to one of nature’s most powerful forces, fire. Thousands of tonnes of dry grass is enough to fuel a blazing inferno. Migrating sand martins brave the smoke to take advantage of the tiny insects that flee the flames. This feast is a welcome windfall to a bird on a thousand mile journey from Africa to Europe

Available since: Mon 1 Feb 2010


Hugh Quarshie
Phil Chapman
Executive Producer
Mike Gunton

This clip is from

The Great Rift: Africa's Wild Heart Grass

3/3 Looking at the spectacular game herds of East Africa's grasslands.

First broadcast: 07 Feb 2010

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