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Flying High

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Special programme looking at the techniques used in the production of Earthflight, including using microlights and gliders to become part of the flock.

To fly like a bird, Earthflight not only captured remarkable images of wild flocks but also relied on some extraordinary relationships between people and birds. Filmed over four years, in six continents and more than 40 countries, the Earthflight team used many extraordinary techniques.

For some of the unique flying shots, members of the team became part of the flock. The birds followed wherever they went - even in a microlight over Edinburgh and London. In Africa, paragliders floated alongside wild vultures, while a model vulture carried a camera inside the flock. In South America, wild-living macaws, that were rescued as babies, still come back to visit their 'foster mother' as he travels along a jungle river.

In Africa, a radio-controlled 'drone' silently infiltrates masses of pink flamingos without disturbing a feather, and microlights and helicopters capture the dramatic moment white storks arrive over Istanbul. A tame vulture carries a camera across the African bush and recreates the behaviour of his wild relatives.

Similarly, in the USA, a flock of hand-reared snow geese follow the migration route of wild flocks and take in the sights and sounds of New York - managing to get lost in Brooklyn.

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Sat 30 Sep 2017 13:00

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Narrator David Tennant
Series Producer John Downer


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