Wed, 09/04/2013 - 8:00pm

Brown pelicans flying under Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, USA

Credit: Courtesy of John Downer Productions

Take a breathtaking voyage with the world’s birds, soaring across six continents in this new 6 part series. 

Snow geese, pelicans and bald eagles fly over the Great Plains, the Grand Canyon, Alaska and the Golden Gate Bridge as they encounter and engage with bears, dolphins, bison and spawning fish in the first of 6 episodes. EARTHFLIGHT, A NATURE SPECIAL PRESENTATION: North America airs Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

Watch EARTHFLIGHT Preview on PBS. See more from Nature.

Episode Two: Africa (airs Wednesday, September 11 at 8 p.m.)
Fly and arrow-dive with cape gannets among sharks, dolphins, whales and the great sardine run. Soar with fish eagles, flamingos, kelp gulls and vultures to see the most animal-packed continent with fresh eyes.

Episode Three: Europe (airs Wednesday, September 18 at 8 p.m.)
Cranes and geese rise over Venice, Dover, Edinburgh and the monkey-guarded Rock of Gibraltar. In Rome, the Loire Valley, Holland and Hungary, birds gather by the millions to breed and two by two to raise their families.

Episode Four: South America (airs Wednesday, September 25 at 8 p.m.)
Condors and scarlet macaws take us to the Andes and the Amazon. Giant petrels in Patagonia shadow killer whales. Hummingbirds feed at Iguazu Falls, vultures ride the thermals over Rio de Janeiro, and black vultures target turtle eggs in Costa Rica.

Episode Five: Asia and Australia (airs Wednesday, October 2 at 8 p.m.)
Japanese cranes dance in the snow, swallows and swifts visit the Great Wall and the Forbidden City, lorikeets, cockatoos and budgies form giant flocks in Australia, pigeons guide us through India, and geese fly miles above the Himalayas.

Episode Six: Flying High (airs Wednesday, October 9 at 8 p.m.)
A behind-the-scenes look at how EARTHFLIGHT was made, including the extraordinary relationships between people and birds. Microlights, paragliders, drones, and camera-carrying birds and much more helped along the way.