David At­ten­bor­ough fol­lows the great­est of jour­neys: from birth to new life.

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Reviews Broadcast -

In a way, one pre­dom­i­nant theme lies at the heart of ev­ery nat­u­ral his­tory film: re­pro­duc­tion – af­ter all, life ex­ists with the sole pur­pose of cre­at­ing more life. Yet in this seven-part se­ries, each episode in that end­lessly re­peated nar­ra­tive is pre­sented in eye­pop­ping HD and with hu­mour and in­sight to match. So while the life stages de­picted may be fa­mil­iar – young an­i­mals ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the world for the first time, courtship, car­ing for new­borns – many se­quences are star­tlingly novel. The team cap­tured a num­ber of film­ing firsts: in­frared noc­tur­nal footage of long-eared jer­boas, for ex­am­ple, the re­sult of a chal­leng­ing mis­sion into the Gobi Desert, and the cre­ation of ‘crop-cir­cles’ sculpted in sand by court­ing puffer­fish – a be­hav­iour first de­scribed as re­cently as 2011. Aerial bat­tles of booted rack­et­tailed hum­ming­birds are daz­zling, and af­ter feel­ing the elec­tri­fy­ing ten­sion as a clan of meerkats mobs a co­bra, you’ll never look at Alek­sandr the same way again.

A pair of booted racket-tailed hum­ming­birds.

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