Earthflight South America: A Nature Special

Oct 23, 2013

Earthflight South America

Earthflight  South America  invites you to  travel to the Andes and the Amazon  with condors and scarlet macaws. You’ll  marvel at Giant petrels  in Patagonia who shadow killer whales.  Watch Hummingbirds feed at Iguazu Falls, vultures ride the thermals over Rio de Janeiro and black vultures target turtle eggs in Costa Rica.

This documentary  is part of  a series where you can take a breathtaking voyage with the world’s birds, soaring across six continents, witnessing spectacular animal migrations and great natural wonders, swooping down to interact with life-and-death dramas on land and at sea. The six programs employ  state-of-the-art technology and sophisticated camera techniques to show the world from the amazing aerial perspective of a bird’s-eye view.

It took Earthflight  series producer John Downer four years to film more than 100 bird species in 40 different countries. Whether retracing the North American flight paths taken by thousands of migrating wild snow geese traveling to their Arctic breeding grounds or witnessing, for the first time, the aerobatics of devil rays as they somersault and splash back into the sea, the goal was to show the world on the wings of birds.

John Downer, who started his professional life with the world-renowned BBC Natural History Unit, pioneered many of the spectacular techniques now commonplace in wildlife filmmaking.

Earthflight South America airs on Tuesday, October 29 at 7 p.m. on WLRN TV.