PBS Gets Birdy with ‘Earthflight’ Promo and Photos

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PBS will be giving viewers a rare bird’s eye view of life in the new six-part Nature miniseries event Earthflight. Series producer John Downer and his team spent four years working on the project using new technological advances to film over 100 bird species as they spanned four continents. The end result, as you can see from the gorgeous preview below, is a breathtaking view of the world through the eyes of birds as they face innumerable challenges during their migrations.

Downer and his crew used a number of techniques to capture the images including using spy cams placed in places the birds were known to visit, paragliding and attaching small cameras to trained birds. Check out the gallery and trailer below, as well as the episode descriptions.

Earthflight begins Wednesday, September 4th at 8PM on PBS.

Episode One: North America (airs Wednesday, September 4 at 8 p.m.)
Snow geese, pelicans, and bald eagles fly over the Great Plains, the Grand Canyon, Alaska, New York City and the Golden Gate Bridge as they encounter and engage with bears, dolphins, bison, and spawning fish.

Episode Two: Africa (airs Wednesday, September 11 at 8 p.m.)
Fly and arrow-dive with cape gannets among sharks, dolphins, whales and the great sardine run. Soar with fish eagles, flamingos, kelp gulls and vultures to see the most animal-packed continent with fresh eyes.

Episode Three: Europe (airs Wednesday, September 18 at 8 p.m.)
Cranes and geese rise over Venice, Dover, Edinburgh and the monkey-guarded Rock of Gibraltar. In Rome, the Loire Valley, Holland and Hungary, birds gather by the millions to breed and two by two to raise their families.

Episode Four: South America (airs Wednesday, September 25 at 8 p.m.)
Condors and scarlet macaws take us to the Andes and the Amazon. Giant petrels in Patagonia shadow killer whales. Hummingbirds feed at Iguazu Falls, vultures ride the thermals over Rio de Janeiro, and black vultures target turtle eggs in Costa Rica.

Episode Five: Asia and Australia (airs Wednesday, October 2 at 8 p.m.)
Japanese cranes dance in the snow, swallows and swifts visit the Great Wall and the Forbidden City, lorikeets, cockatoos and budgies form giant flocks in Australia, pigeons guide us through India, and geese fly miles above the Himalayas.

Episode Six: Flying High (airs Wednesday, October 9 at 8 p.m.)
A behind-the-scenes look at how EARTHFLIGHT was made, including the extraordinary relationships between people and birds. Microlights, paragliders, drones, and camera-carrying birds and much more helped along the way.

Watch EARTHFLIGHT Preview on PBS. See more from Nature.

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