Eye to Eye - Africa the first episode is filmed in Kalahari desert. It tells us how the animal world is designed as 'winner takes it all' and the ''survival of the fittest'' in its most primitive form. It changed my opinion of 'animal kingdom.'
An interesting question can be argued: Does nature neural networks encourage 'mean' survival i.e. 'Winner takes it all' ?
It is a must watch, you want to spare just 60 minutes, watch this BBC blockbuster, David Attenborough explores two deserts in Africa's south west, where he sees meerkats, black rhinos partying, giant insects and the greatest giraffe battle ever filmed. I was completely spellbound and astounded by the treachery meanness of survival in the kingdom of animal.
Eye to Eye - Africa is a six-part series exploring the wildlife of the rich continent accommodating enormous rainforest, savannah and desert. Eye to Eye - Africa has taken four years in production, involving 79 filming expeditions in 27 different countries with a total of 1,600 days spent on location - and 6,500 malaria tablets for crew members.
'We've gone out of our way to film new animals, new places and new behaviour,' James Honeyborne promises. '
BBC declares that 'East Africa is a land which is continually altering. To survive here, creatures must be able to deal with unpredictable twists and turns - wet turning to dry, feast to famine, cold to hot - no matter how hostile it becomes. From thick forests to snow capped peaks, humid swamps and everlasting savannah, this exceptional and diverse land is also a refuge for life, supporting large animals in numbers found nowhere else on Earth. But away from the familiar, forever-travelling herds, there are a huge cast of other characters - lizards that steal flies from the faces of lions, vast dinosaur-like birds who stalk catfish through huge wetlands, and an eagle who risks everything on the arrival of ten million bats from a far off rainforest.'
If you think you are familiar with Africa, just see Eye to Eye Africa and you will learn how unadulterated nature and life works to survive. Attenborough’s recognizable, calming and quiet inspiring recitation helps Eye to Eye - Africa plot. Tedious and habitual activities like stalking a prey and caring for young, when squeezed in shorter time frames and slow motion become captivating. Eye to Eye is grandiose and instructive, with distinctive editing controls and some amazing shots.
It is not unsurprising that this amazing triumph took more than four years to shoot, so intricate are the scenes. Eye to Eye - Africa tells us about the Kalahari’s greatest trickster’, here you meet one of the Kalahari's greatest tricksters; a bird called the drongo. Meerkats find themselves outwitted by a cunning drongo bird in the first programme. The drongo, repeatedly pulls the wool over the eyes of a mob of meerkats. Scientists discovered that the drongo has the ability to mimic the distress calls of sentry meerkats. He steals their catch of scorpions by mimicking the distress call., but not for too long. He succeeds for the first time, but meerkats learn the trick and refuse the second bait.
Felicity Egerton, researcher and assistant producer for the BBC, about her experiences on the series and what makes Africa like nothing you've ever seen before.“One of the things we wanted above all else was to find stories that hadn't been filmed before in Africa, because it is such a well-trodden land in terms of film making,” said Felicity. “We spent a long time getting in touch with universities and location-based field researchers to see what they had been noticing and what research they were doing, including studies that weren't yet published.” .
In Eye to Eye - Africa you see the fascinating 'Pompilid wasp' looking for water in the expanse of the Kalahari Desert. Actually searching for a cool, damp place to deposit her eggs. The featured Golden Wheel Spider is the target, the wasp wants to decapitate the Golden Wheel Spider and deposit her burden in his cool damp body, the nature at its best and worst. Golden Wheel Spider characterize most humans’ natural instinct in times of danger. After numerous attacks from the wasp, the spider escapes; he curls up in a ball and rolls down the sand dune to safety. Spider cart wheeling away from its attacker down a massive dune is just mesmerizing.
In Eye to Eye - Africa And see giraffes in a whole new way as two rival males in Namibia deliver sledgehammer-like blows on each other in a knock-out fight for domination. The Wild West-styled giraffe showdown, where a young contender parade out of the Namibia Desert to stake his claim on a rival’s terrain. Two bull giraffes battle for their territory on a dry river-bed in Namibia, fluxing their long necks like weapons to bash each other with their horns.
'People have filmed giraffes fighting before, but never a knock-out fight like that on a slow-motion camera,' BBC James explains. The fight itself carried no cinematographic embellishment. It was amazing enough to observe these elegant, agile animals to fight with their necks like wrecking balls; until one of them furrowed to the floor like a demolished chimney.
When the younger challenger was knocked down and out, or so it seemed. The fact that the viciousness of the fight was all shown in slow motion and Attenborough direction did not let at the time reveal whether the loser was dead or alive simply was a greater suspense. In the end, the contender recovered and the younger challenger who was knocked unconscious for about three minutes and was thought to be dead, left the scene gracefully. Losing 'Giraffes' have the honour to walk away from a lost duel.
In Eye to Eye - Africa the main rival to the giraffe stint was that overwhelming starlight recording of a couple of black rhinos courting by a watering hole after midnight. In Eye to Eye - Africa you travel to a secret location in south west Africa to witness what could be the last great rhinoceros gathering on Earth. The most paranormal moment came with a starlit rhinoceros meeting, made possible by specifically built starlight-sensitive cameras that captured the constellations and galaxies looming overhead as the rhinos rubbed shoulders in an oasis. Filmed with a newly developed camera system that is operated using the light of the stars and captures sound using microphones embedded around a watering hole.
In Eye to Eye - Africa cannibalising and 'survival of the fittest as nature's core ploy' is exposed when armoured ground crickets dashing into birds’ nests to eat their young, spraying rotten blood at the eyes of the protective parents. This is a chilling scene that records an army of evil-looking armoured crickets laying siege to some unguarded bird nests, it all ended well when the birds parents ward off the attack and the other crickets feast off on the remains of the fallen comrade.
In Eye to Eye - Africa you visit the Dragon’s Breath Cave, home to the world’s largest underground lake, blind catfish bumped around the bottom for scraps blown in on the breeze.
Last week's jaw-dropping Africa moment was the slow-motion giraffe fight, this week's was just as dramatic as a brave as lizard dares to snatch tasty flies from a sleeping lion's face. David Attenborough initiated the strange and cruel footage that reveals how an eagle's future rests on the arrival of migrating bats. This week we saw a story of Shoebill. “Very little is known about the shoebill and it has hardly ever been seen,” says series producer James Honeyborne. “It took us four weeks to find a nest, and once we located one the crew had to drag canoes full of equipment for two days through the swamp and then camp for a month on a half-drowned ants’ nest while filming.”
This bird looks like a funny graphic creation for a Disney channel. Shoebill is a primordial bird with an awkward walk but is actually an assassin of its own offspring. 'The bird hatches two eggs and – once it’s confident about the survival of the oldest chick – deprives the younger one of food and drink and allows it to die.'
BBC John says “Initially we thought it was going to be a funny sequence, but then we realised that the parent birds were favouring one chick over the other – one chick was being fed, was growing and getting stronger and the other one was being ignored. It has never been witnessed in that detail before and we’ve only been able to do that because of the new technology we have.”
That technology included three remote cameras, positioned around the nest, that were serviced by almost a kilometre of cabling. But technology doesn’t deliver every shot. occasionally, to reveal behaviour that otherwise would be impossible to capture, captive or habituated animals are used.