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Episode 3: Super Fast Falcon

Summary

The peregrine falcon is the fastest animal on earth, able to reach speeds of more than 200mph. But what does it take to be a high-speed record-breaker? This documentary follows a young family of falcons as they grow up in Chicago. It also meets renowned bird handler Lloyd Buck as he puts his peregrines to the test, using state-of-the-art technology. He also trains one young peregrine for the ultimate challenge of speed and agility, racing an Olympic skier in the Swiss Alps.

Review

This Natural World documentary pulls out all the stops to persuade us of the all-round brilliance of peregrine falcons. But really, who needs persuading? They’re the fastest-moving animal on Earth, flying at more than 200mph, and very cool in any number of other ways. Do we need the sound of a jet aeroplane dubbed onto shots of the bird in a high-speed dive to ram the point home?

Much better are the sequences of wild peregrine chicks growing up on a tower block in downtown Chicago, particularly when the fledgelings start to try out their wings. One shot of a young bird misjudging its landing and knocking its head on a railing makes for great slapstick.

Best of all are the sequences where a trained falcon is put through its paces in a Lake District valley, taking on a “prey drone”. It’s quite a sight.

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NarratorPeter Capaldi

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DirectorSimon Baxter
ProducerSophie Meyjes
ProducerLucy Smith
Series editorRoger Webb
Series producerHolly Spearing

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  • Episode 3

    Super Fast Falcon

    Summary

    The peregrine falcon is the fastest animal on earth, able to reach speeds of more than 200mph. But what does it take to be a high-speed record-breaker? This documentary follows a young family of falcons as they grow up in Chicago. It also meets renowned bird handler Lloyd Buck as he puts his peregrines to the test, using state-of-the-art technology. He also trains one young peregrine for the ultimate challenge of speed and agility, racing an Olympic skier in the Swiss Alps.

    Review

    This Natural World documentary pulls out all the stops to persuade us of the all-round brilliance of peregrine falcons. But really, who needs persuading? They’re the fastest-moving animal on Earth, flying at more than 200mph, and very cool in any number of other ways. Do we need the sound of a jet aeroplane dubbed onto shots of the bird in a high-speed dive to ram the point home?

    Much better are the sequences of wild peregrine chicks growing up on a tower block in downtown Chicago, particularly when the fledgelings start to try out their wings. One shot of a young bird misjudging its landing and knocking its head on a railing makes for great slapstick.

    Best of all are the sequences where a trained falcon is put through its paces in a Lake District valley, taking on a “prey drone”. It’s quite a sight.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show.

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    NarratorPeter Capaldi

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorSimon Baxter
    ProducerSophie Meyjes
    ProducerLucy Smith
    Series editorRoger Webb
    Series producerHolly Spearing

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