As the population has grown, we’ve urbanised the world around us, changing the way animals live. In the final episode of Planet Earth II, David Attenborough focuses on cities and the kind of animals you can find close to home.
Grasslands cover much of the earth and provide a home to many species of animals. From towering elephants to tiny field mice, the grass supports a range of life. In this week’s Planet Earth II, David Attenborough shows us what it takes to survive in these unique environments.
A feature named ‘The Hunter’s High Road.’ Check back to see an animal that represents the apex of predatory evolution. Carnivores come in a range of shapes and sizes, using a variety of tricks to catch their prey. Some are powerful, some are beautiful. All are deadly.
The hunter I’m focusing on today is the Bateleur Eagle, named after the French word for street performer. The name comes from the bird’s characteristic habit of rocking its wings from side to side when gliding. This gives it the appearance of a tight-rope walker, as if the eagle is catching its balance.
We often find small mercies in the macabre
take the butcherbird
airborne Vlad The Impaler
who skewers victims
thorns, spikes, barbed wire fences,
it’s all fair game
private pantry of mice and lizards
not out of sadism
out of necessity
out of desire
to feed children
who will inherit the earth
Birds of prey are some of the most effective hunters in the world, ranging from nimble falcons to powerful eagles. One of the most fascinating is the Harris Hawk, the only raptor known to hunt in packs. Recognisable by their chestnut plumage and long yellow tales, Harris hawk are found in southwestern America, Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Britain.
Survival is the most important thing in the animal world, and that is made clear in the latest episode of Planet Earth II. The documentary focused on deserts and why they are extreme environments to live in. The episode kicked off with a tense confrontation between desert lions and a giraffe.
Half way through the series, and Planet Earth II continues to impress with amazing visuals and unforgettable sights. This week, David Attenborough took viewers into the jungle to see how animals fight to survive. The opening shot revealed an Indri leaping through the tree tops of Madagascar. Indri are the largest lemurs on the planet, and listening to the mournful song of the female was a great way to set the tone for the program.
I remember the first time I saw your heart-shaped face
you were perched on a bar stool
I’d mistaken for the stump of an old tree
eyeing me like a Pisces
eyes bright black
not like stars or the universe
infinite in the way someone
knows themselves completely
who has survived great misfortune
who doesn’t need to hide anymore
You flew into my life when you were needed
on wings held aloft by an inner peace
I haven’t encountered anywhere
not even within myself
Every feather touch is an anchor
keeping us rooted to a moment
where past sins fade away
into the light of a future
full of possibilities
There’s a road stretching out into uncertainty
I don’t know where it leads
as long as I see your heart-shaped face
that’s all I’ll ever need
Last week, David Attenborough introduced us to some of the remotest habitats on the planet with the first episode of Planet Earth II. This week his focus is on mountains, where only the hardiest of animals can survive. The program opened with stunning snow-capped vistas and the appearance of a snow leopard.
Ten years ago, Planet Earth captivated the world by setting a new standard for wildlife documentaries. In 2016, Sir David Attenborough returned with Planet Earth II, proving once again why he is one of history’s greatest naturalists. The first episode aired last night and followed the theme of ‘Islands’ with cameras focusing on some of the remotest places in the world.