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Brief encounter

Duration: 01:13

Each spring adult mayflies have just a few short hours to get out of the water, find a mate, breed and lay eggs. But many never make it as they are eaten by birds on the wing. The mayfly feast lasts just a few days.

Available since: Mon 14 Feb 2011


Nigel BEAN

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Journey of Life AIRBORNE

Steve Leonard discovers how living things first grew wings and how all flying animals are descended from 4 ancestors that acheived the miracle of flight.

First broadcast: 05 May 2005

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