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  • 10 episodes
  • Nature
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Episode 7: Wild Cuba with Colin Stafford-Johnson: Part One

Summary

Cuba's isolation has helped preserve many of its natural riches, creating unspoiled landscapes home to many enchanting animals. In the first of a two-part series, cameraman, director and naturalist Colin Stafford-Johnson explores corners of the country that few outsiders have seen. Amongst the wonders he encounters is the bee hummingbird, the world's tiniest bird, and the spectacle of thousands of crabs migrating en masse. In this authored odyssey, the natural magic of one Earth's most intriguing countries is revealed.
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Review

This Natural World tour of Cuba’s wildlife has a leisurely, reflective air. We’re in the company of wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson, who explores how Cuba’s isolation has made it a cradle of evolution.

Half of the island’s species are unique, including the world’s smallest bird, the bee hummingbird. If you think the bird itself is beautiful, wait till you see its nest, an exquisite thing the size of an eggcup and decorated (camouflaged, really) with lichen.

Equally fine is the beautifully named Fernandina’s flicker, a type of woodpecker of which there are only a few hundred left. Stafford-Johnson also witnesses the dramatic migration as thousands of crabs mate.

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PresenterColin Stafford-Johnson

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DirectorJohn Murray
EditorJamie Fitzpatrick
ProducerCiara Baker
ProducerCepa Giblin
Series editorRoger Webb
Series producerHolly Spearing

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  • Episode 7

    Wild Cuba with Colin Stafford-Johnson: Part One

    Summary

    Cuba's isolation has helped preserve many of its natural riches, creating unspoiled landscapes home to many enchanting animals. In the first of a two-part series, cameraman, director and naturalist Colin Stafford-Johnson explores corners of the country that few outsiders have seen. Amongst the wonders he encounters is the bee hummingbird, the world's tiniest bird, and the spectacle of thousands of crabs migrating en masse. In this authored odyssey, the natural magic of one Earth's most intriguing countries is revealed.
    Recommended

    Review

    This Natural World tour of Cuba’s wildlife has a leisurely, reflective air. We’re in the company of wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson, who explores how Cuba’s isolation has made it a cradle of evolution.

    Half of the island’s species are unique, including the world’s smallest bird, the bee hummingbird. If you think the bird itself is beautiful, wait till you see its nest, an exquisite thing the size of an eggcup and decorated (camouflaged, really) with lichen.

    Equally fine is the beautifully named Fernandina’s flicker, a type of woodpecker of which there are only a few hundred left. Stafford-Johnson also witnesses the dramatic migration as thousands of crabs mate.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterColin Stafford-Johnson

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorJohn Murray
    EditorJamie Fitzpatrick
    ProducerCiara Baker
    ProducerCepa Giblin
    Series editorRoger Webb
    Series producerHolly Spearing

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