Once an area of marshlands which provided resting and feeding grounds for cranes, Venice altered the migratory bird’s traditional habits, forcing the birds to fly over the city. Now, a stunning video
, filmed from above and alongside a small group of cranes, with the city as a backdrop, is the latest effort off BBC’s Earth Flight
Shown close-up in flight, and in slow motion, the video reveals how air movement arising from the crane’s wing tips allows other birds to “draft,” much like cyclists do when traveling in pelotons. Those familiar with the sound of migrating cranes
passing overhead will appreciate the short video in all its splendor.
BBC’s Earth Flight, a natural history series, is narrated by actor David Tennant and the cranes-over-Venice video gives viewers a spectacular glimpse of a bird’s life by using cutting-edge filming techniques, including wirecams, microlights and hang-gliders.