The Secret Life of Birds
In this first episode Iolo Williams investigates how and why birds communicate, including how snipe use their tail feathers to make a very distinctive noise at Traeth Mawr near Brecon and why thousands of starlings are communicating during their stunning aerial displays at Aberystwyth.
In this second episode Iolo Williams investigates the courtship and nesting behaviour of birds; including the amazing courtship display of great crested grebes at a reservoir near Pontypool, the impressive sky dance of hen harriers in the dramatic Cambrian Mountains, how nuthatch use mud like cement to prepare their nest in a woodland near Harlech and why long tailed tits near Newtown are exceptional nest builders.
In this third episode Iolo Williams discovers what difficulties birds face in order to survive starting with a dramatic scene set in Cardiff where a woodpigeon nest is predated by a sparrow hawk.
In this fourth episode Iolo Williams explores how birds in Wales have adapted to living alongside us, making use of our buildings and structures, parks and gardens and the waste we throw away.
In this final episode Iolo Williams explores bird design and the features that make them so well adapted to a life in the many habitats Wales has to offer. Iolo looks at the variation in beak shapes from a spoonbill and egret at the Nevern Estuary in Pembrokeshire to the Avocet at Newport Wetlands.
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