From the wilds of Costa Rica to suburban America, a lovable, quirky cast of parrots will reveal their unforgettable tales and the bittersweet world they share with humans. Nature explores the difficulties of caring for parrots.
Japanese cranes dance in the snow, swallows and swifts visit the Forbidden City, lorikeets, cockatoos and budgies form giant flocks in Australia, pigeons guide us through India, and geese fly miles above the Himalayas.
Cranes and geese rise over Venice, Dover, Edinburgh and the monkey-guarded Rock of Gibraltar. In Rome, the Loire Valley, Holland and Hungary, birds gather by the millions to breed and two by two to raise their families.
Wildlife cinematographer Neil Rettig and Laura Johnson trained the snow geese who star in the North American hour of Earthflight. In this video, Rettig and Johnson search for their geese which they lost track of somewhere in Brooklyn, New York.
Geese hatchlings imprint on avid bird enthusiast Christian Moullec. He cared for them every day and trained them to accept his piloted microlight as part of the family, so that when they all took to the skies, he was able to film the imprinted flock flying in tight formation.
After arriving in the "Blue City" of Jodhpur, India, a long-legged buzzard goes after a flock of pigeons, desperate for a meal. The bird of prey soars high before diving at over 100 miles per hour to make its catch.
Journey to Africa and fly with cape gannets, fish eagles, flamingos, kelp gulls and vultures to see the most animal-packed continent with fresh eyes.
The largest raptors in the world, Andean condors care for offspring for 2 years until the young bird is old enough to survive on its own. In this scene from EARTHFLIGHT: South America, a male condor teaches its six-month-old chick to fly in Patagonia. After the male demonstrates, the youngster makes a few attempts before finally taking to the sky.