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South America

Episode 4 of 6

The nature series gives a bird's-eye view of South America on a journey that includes Machu Picchu, the Nasca Lines and the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Santiago.

The documentary series gives a bird's-eye view of South America, as condors soar along the Andes, scarlet macaws explore the heart of the Amazon and hummingbirds and vultures see the continent's greatest sights. It is a journey that includes Machu Picchu, the Nasca Lines and the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Santiago.

In Patagonia, giant petrels shadow killer whales as they hunt seals by stranding their huge bodies on the beach. At Iguassu Falls, dusky swifts dive through the cascades to huddle in communal roosts while hummingbirds bathe below. In a secret Andean location, condors soar in flocks over 40-strong and scavenge on casualties from herds of fighting guanacos.

Elsewhere, a mother condor gently pushes her youngster to the edge of a 200-metre cliff, as flight school begins. Deep in the Amazon, macaws seek medicinal clay. They are joined by a host of secretive jungle animals, including spider monkeys and tapirs, all after the same remedy.

In Peru, condors soar over fighting sealions waiting for casualities and on a mass exodus north, birds converge on the Panama Canal. In Costa Rica, black vultures descend on turtles as they lay their eggs in the sand and pick off the eggs that ping-pong through the air.

59 minutes

Last on

Wed 27 Sep 2017 16:30

Credits

Role Contributor
Narrator David Tennant
Producer Tilly Parker
Series Producer John Downer

Broadcasts

  • Thu 19 Jan 2012 20:00
  • Sun 5 Feb 2012 18:00
  • Sun 30 Dec 2012 19:00
  • Sun 14 Jul 2013 16:00
  • Sun 14 Jul 2013 17:35
  • Tue 31 Dec 2013 10:00
  • Thu 11 Jun 2015 14:45
  • Fri 21 Oct 2016 16:15
  • Wed 27 Sep 2017 16:15
  • Wed 27 Sep 2017 16:30