British kingfisher in the wind, video


Earth: One Amazing Day, wildlife film review

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Earth: One Amazing Day, Official TrailerBBC Earth Documentary

24 September 2017

Narrated by Robert Redford comes the long-awaited sequelEarth: One Amazing Day, from BBC Earth Films, an astonishing journey revealing the awesome power of the natural world.

On 27 January 2018, I went to see the BBC wildlife film Earth: One Amazing Day.

The theme of this beautiful film is that Earth is a very special planet, being the only known planet in the universe, as far as is known, where there is life. Not just one species of life: millions of species of animals, plants, etc.

This life on earth became possible because Earth is neither so close to its star, the sun, that it is too hot for life, nor so far away from the sun that it is too cold for life.

Earth turns around its axis, making for relatively hot daytime and relatively cold nighttime. This change, day after day, helps biodiversity, as some wildlife prefers the day, and others prefer the night.

So, every day on Earth is an ‘Amazing Day’ as special wildlife things happen day after day.

The film begins with sunrise, and ends with nighttime. The rising sun causes a giant panda in China to wake up. Meanwhile, a serval, a mainly nocturnal cat, tries to catch a rodent just after dawn in Africa. The rodent sees the threat and escapes. The serval realizes that it is time to sleep.

There is much more fine footage in the film. On the Galapagos islands, newly hatched marine iguanas try, successfully or unsuccessfully, to escape from snakes. In Africa, a young zebra manages to cross a fast flowing river with crocodiles and hippos in it. Later, its mother saves the foal from a cheetah attack.

In the South American rainforest, a hummingbird has to compete for flowers’ nectar with bees, whose stings might kill it. However, interaction between the sun and the earth’s atmosphere causes rain clouds. When the rain starts, it hinders the bees much more than the hummingbird which can now feed peacefully.

AS the film progresses, it moves closer to sunset. Monkeys in China do dangerous rock climbing to be in caves before the night, dangerous for them, falls.

Though, according to the film, all days on earth are amazing, it says one day is extra special: the day when millions of mayflies hatch in the Tisza river in Hungary, to live for just one day as adults.

Finally, the film calls on humans to take good care of all the amazing wildlife on planet Earth.

Underwater filming, video

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Reflecting On A Life Filming Below The Waves – Blue Planet II Behind The Scenes

11 December 2017

Didier Noirot has spent over thirty years as an underwater cameraman. He shares his thoughts on the health of the oceans and the changes he’s seen with his own eyes. Find out how you can help our oceans here.

Portuguese man o’war and fish

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Fish Paralysed By Man O’ War Tentacles – Blue Planet II

17 November 2017

The Portuguese Man o’ war has venomous tentacles which can hurt and even kill fish. As it floats on the surface of the ocean, it looks beautiful and harmless but packs a killer sting.

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What Does It Take To Be A Blue Planet II Cameraman? #OurBluePlanet – BBC Earth

15 November 2017

Filming wildlife takes cameraman Ted Gifford’s to some of the remotest corners of the planet. What inspired him to start the journey in the first place?

Clownfish working together

This 10 November 2017 video says about itself:

Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish – Blue Planet II

In this exclusive clip from this Sunday’s Blue Planet II episode, we see Clownfish working together to move a coconut shell, which they will use to lay eggs on. This behaviour has never been filmed before.

Deep sea eel in danger, video

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Eel Suffers Toxic Shock From Brine Pool – Blue Planet II

This is an exclusive clip from the Deep episode of Blue Planet II. At the bottom of the ocean there are brine pools which have a salinity level three to eight times the usual sea level. When a Cutthroat eel gets too close it goes into toxic shock and twists and ties itself into knots, and is lucky to make it out alive.

Big fish, dangerous for terns

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Bird Vs Fish – Blue Planet II

26 October 2017

UK: First episode starts 8pm Sunday BBC One. Nordics and Asia: simulcasting on BBC Earth. USA: Early 2018 on BBC America. Details here.

Usually giant trevally are solitary hunters but they have come in numbers to try their luck at catching potential prey. Fledgling tern are wary to spend too much time on the water but even flying close to the surface puts them in grave danger.