Entries in bbc (6)


Attenborough's Africa on the BBC

It's yet another David Attenborough and BBC wildlife documentary, but it is none the worse for it. A successful format that has worked before, it continues to do so in this new series - Africa.

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Job Jealousy: Doug Allan - Cameraman on Human Planet, Blue Planet, Frozen Planet

Cameraman Doug Allan has provided some of the most remarkable wildlife and natural history footage to have appeared on our screens, including many of the unforgettable sequences seen in hugely popular series' such as The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Life, Human Planet, and Frozen Planet. We ask Doug about his amazing career, from his favourite wildlife encounter to what it takes to be a cameraman. A truly fascinating interview well worth a read...

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Shark Week – Separating Fact from Fiction 

It's Shark Week this week, and today we bring you some interesting facts about this incredible and often demonised marine animal, as well as some of the best video footage out there of these highly evolved apex predators.

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Review of BBC's 'The Dark: Nature's Nighttime World'

Are you afraid of the Dark? If so, the creepy-crawlies and magnificent beasts in the BBC’s new series The Dark: Nature’s Night-time World might be a little too much to bear. Hi-tech thermal imaging and infrared cameras treated the audience to some incredibly rare Central American sights including slow-motion footage of net-casting spiders and never-before-seen behaviour of wild jaguars.

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Into the Wild Meets: Michaela Strachan

Frontier has been lucky enough to get hold of a true legend of wildlife television. Made famous as a presenter on the popular children’s television programme ‘The Really Wild Show’, Michaela Strachan has been involved in many other interesting projects over the years. Michaela told us about her career in TV so far, her experiences with animals, and about life in Cape Town.

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Great Migrations of the Animal Kingdom

This week we’re looking at some of the most incredible mass migrations in the natural world. With so many amazing journeys to choose from, deciding which ones to explore was far from easy.

Kicking things off today with the marine world, be sure to stay tuned this week to learn more about some of the most iconic and awe-inspiring voyages undertaken by land and air.

Pacific Salmon Run – North America and Canada
All five species of Pacific salmon migrate between freshwater and saltwater during their life cycle. Having made the journey from the freshwater streams in which they are born to the sea, they then return to these freshwater sites to lay their own eggs. Different ‘runs’ exist within the different species of Pacific salmon, with the Adams River sockeye run being one of the most famous. During their strenuous and lengthy spawning mission, the salmon face many different dangers, such as starvation (they do not feed once they leave their saltwater habitat) and hunting by humans, bears, otters and eagles. Man-made dams are increasingly posing a problem to the salmon. As if this was not enough to contend with, the salmon then fight one-another once they arrive at the breeding grounds.

Sardine Run – Southern Africa
This annual extravaganza is one of nature’s most impressive spectacles. The ‘run’ begins in the cool waters south of the African continent, where large shoals of sardines form before moving north into the warmer waters of the Indian Ocean. This mass migration of hundreds of millions of sardines is brought about by the movement of their main food source, plankton. As a cold-water current moves to the north, the sardines have no choice but to follow. This in turn attracts a vast array of predators to the area such as dolphins, sharks, sea birds and the immense Bryde’s whale, creating what has been dubbed ‘the greatest shoal on Earth’. The BBC’s incredible footage of the phenomenon is a truly amazing watch.

By Alex Prior