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Super Fast Falcon

Nature documentary. The peregrine falcon is the fastest animal on earth - it can reach speeds of over 200mph. But what does it take to be a high-speed record breaker?

The peregrine falcon is the fastest animal on earth - it can reach speeds of over 200mph. But what does it take to be a high-speed record breaker? To find out, we follow a young family of falcons as they grow up in downtown Chicago.

We join renowned bird handler Lloyd Buck, who, with the help of state-of-the-art technology and leading avian scientists, puts his peregrines to the test. And finally, we see if Lloyd can train one young peregrine for the ultimate challenge of speed and agility - against an Olympic skier in the Swiss Alps. Through such groundbreaking experiments and intimate views of these special birds in the wild, the secrets behind these super-fast falcons can finally be revealed.

1 hour

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  • 00:08

    Josh Groban, John Lewis

    Straight To You

  • 00:24

    Dorette

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  • 00:51

    Urban Cookie Collective

    The Key The Secret

  • 00:51

    Vikram Prabhu, Monal Gajjar, D. Imman, Jithin Raj, Shreya Ghoshal

    Pidikkudhae (From "Sigaram Thodu")

Credits

Role Contributor
Narrator Peter Capaldi
Series Editor Roger Webb
Series Producer Holly Spearing
Producer Sophie Meyjes
Producer Lucy Smith
Director Simon Baxter

Broadcasts

  • Thu 26 Apr 2018 20:00
  • Sun 29 Apr 2018 18:00
  • Wed 9 May 2018 08:00

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