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This is no domestic moggy.
February 14, 2013 1:53 PM   Subscribe

Earthflight is a BBC nature documentary narrated by David Tennant that takes a breathtaking flight on the wings of birds across six continents and experiences some of the world's greatest natural spectacles from a bird's-eye view. There are some full episodes up on YouTube (including South America, Africa, and the Making Of), but in particular these two clips caught my eye: Feral Cat Hunting and Peregrine Falcon Hunting.
posted by lazaruslong (9 comments total) 35 users marked this as a favorite

 
That peregrine clip is fantastic. I feel so luck to live in a place where I've seen similar behavior right from my back deck. Though I wish our local pefas would eat the damn starlings that nest in our eaves already.
posted by rtha at 2:11 PM on February 14, 2013


You had me at David Tennant.
posted by grapesaresour at 2:45 PM on February 14, 2013 [8 favorites]


David Tennant using his native Scots accent. *swoon*
posted by workerant at 3:14 PM on February 14, 2013 [5 favorites]


Hairrrrrrds? What's a hairrrrrd? Is it like a group of some kind?
posted by fatbird at 3:38 PM on February 14, 2013


My own semi-domestic moggy does that same "running really fast while also really low to the ground" thing when she's chasing flies in the house (she doesn't go outside, but I imagine she'd do the same thing if she had the opportunity to chase a pigeon).
posted by infinitywaltz at 4:08 PM on February 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


Everything has to step up its game.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 4:54 PM on February 14, 2013


We thought that the moggie was going for one of the camels.
posted by leslies at 5:15 PM on February 14, 2013 [2 favorites]


That moggie knew EXACTLY what she was doing with the first several rushes. She was analyzing the flock just like a tigress, looking for the weak and slow birds. Notice that the bird she gets is one she deliberately targeted. Wise kitteh!

Rtha, I wish we had fewer starlings and pigeons around here, but then we prolly would have fewer birds of prey also. A pair of red tailed hawks nest four phone poles to the north of my place--I hope they come back this summer. I saw the most magnificent golden sitting on a cutbank on the highway the other day--stood on the brakes to look at his gorgeous eyes.


These city pefas are fun to watch.
posted by BlueHorse at 10:06 PM on February 14, 2013


The Making Of is all about hand-rearing large birds for elaborate photographic projects. Collaboration or exploitation? I can't decide. It obviously takes a tremendous concentration of effort and care, a certain kind of love. And the photographic results are astonishing and exhilerating.
posted by Jode at 7:37 AM on February 15, 2013


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