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Published on Jan 4, 2012
In South Africa, 3 million barn swallows roost in reed beds before migrating north into Europe. This clips shows in beautiful high-speed and in HD their aerobatic skills allowing them to drink and bathe on the wing.
Earthflight (Winged Planet) uses many different filming techniques to create the experience of flying with birds.
Earthflight - Episode 2 "Africa" showing Thursday 5th January at 8pm on BBC One. You can download this episode or the whole series on iTunes in the UK at: