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Sunday, March 18, 2018

David Attenborough’s Madagascar

Like nowhere else on Earth, the mystery and magic of Madagascar leaves a vivid impression on all those who visit, and none more so than David Attenborough. Fifty years ago, Sir David went to film on the island for the early wildlife TV series Zoo Quest. With several return visits over the intervening years for numerous TV productions, the country and its wildlife has continued to capture both his and his audience's imagination. This video clip collection pulls together some of the best moments from those Madagascar films, captured over a time that has seen great changes both to the island itself and in wildlife film-making.

Life in slow motion

Slow motion filming techniques transform amazing wildlife moments into full scale events, and simple action into incredibly detailed video sequences. The results are impossible to imagine let alone perceive with the naked eye. When a sequence filmed at a high frame rate (fps) is played back in normal time (24fps), the action appears to slow down. As camera technology improves, ultra high-speed footage of over 1,000fps produces ever more astonishing images. Hidden secrets are revealed, new science is discovered and tiny subtleties in animal behaviour become perceptible. Explore some of the most memorable and glorious super slow motion sequences of the natural world ever filmed.

Garden birds

Nestcam close-ups, expert identification guides and specialist wildlife cameras give a privileged view of a very British obsession: garden birds. Whether it's to attract the red-breasted , the little Jenny or the sensational singing , we entice birds into our back gardens and outdoor spaces and witness the dramas of their fleeting lives. From the difference between garden, willow and wood warblers to an intimate view of the promiscuous , this video collection represents garden bird highlights from the BBC's wildlife archive.

George’s marvellous minibeasts

A video collection featuring bugs and insects in amazing close up selected by insect expert and TV presenter George McGavin, with Goliath spiders, killer centipedes, ants and moths. By no means everyone's favourite animals bugs - encompassing true bugs and other creepy crawlies - hold a special place in George's heart and led him to an academic career at Oxford University. Having worked as scientific advisor on Attenborough's Life in the Undergrowth, George became a presenter in his own right. He is now loved and admired for his passionate engagement with invertebrates, whether in the jungles of Bhutan or the back gardens of One Show viewers.

Wild autumn

Autumn - a time of great change, of breathtaking migrations, of high drama. Its calmer moments of gorgeous light and rich colours contrast with the wild storms and cold snaps challenging wildlife's survival instincts. It's this combination of natural beauty and wild drama that makes filming our autumns so spectacular and exciting, as these video clips from Autumnwatch and other BBC wildlife programmes show.

Timelapse photography: speeding up life

Some of the most memorable sequences in natural history result from timelapse photography, an astonishing filming technique that opens our eyes to a whole new world. Slow-growing plants and intricate animal behaviours come alive thanks to the painstaking and delicate work of the specialist cameraman. An ordinary digital camera, taking photographs at intervals over a long period of time, is edited into a moving sequence, compressing time and occasionally exposing events that go unnoticed in real time. This selection of clips shows the technique at its best and most illuminating.

Going, going, gone

One third of known species are under threat - do they have more than a future on film? We've unearthed footage of some remarkable animals, plants and habitats that are facing an imminent threat to their survival. The unique selling point of our planet is life. From the deepest trenches of the Pacific Ocean to Africa’s inhospitable deserts, it has demonstrated a knack for hanging on in there. However, the challenges for many species now seem to be too great. Watch, before they fade out.

Brilliant bees

Bees are amazing - not only do they fulfil a vital role in our ecosystem, they are one of the most complex and sophisticated living things in the history of evolution. One bee alone may not amount to much, but collectively they become a powerful and vital force, responsible for pollinating almost 75% of the world's food crops. Without bees our world would be a very different place. Through updates from current affairs programmes to thermal camera footage of bees in action, this collection describes the recent dramatic decline in bee populations, suggests what we can all do to help and showcases one of the planet's most fascinating creatures.

Wildlife wind-ups

It's not only humans that like a good joke, animals play all kinds of tricks on one another in their attempts to gain an advantage. Based around the April Fool tradition, this collection of videos features the weirder side of nature where it's not always easy to tell what's real and what's not. Watch animals play practical jokes on each other and on us, and look back at some real gems from the archives where we've tried to fool you in a wildlife world that's often stranger than fiction.

Year of the Tiger

A video collection highlighting the tiger's plight and a celebration of their beauty and majesty. 2010 is the Year of the Tiger, a zodiac sign associated with power, passion and courage, yet these majestic animals remain under threat from human activity. Once found across much of Asia, tigers have disappeared from over 90% of their historic range over the past century. There may be as few as 3,402 wild tigers left, with recent estimates suggesting under a thousand scattered over the last 'strongholds' of India and fewer than 40 in China. Once the region's top predator, tigers continue to face challenges imposed by poaching, retributive killings and habitat loss.

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