The Making of PBS’ Nature Series EarthFlight

October 02, 2013 at 3:18 pm

What would it be like to see the world from a bird’s perspective?  State-of-the-art technology and sophisticated camera techniques have now made it possible to do just that and more as EARTHFLIGHTA Nature Special Presentation takes viewers on a breathtaking aerial adventure over six continents.

It took EARTHFLIGHT series producer John Downer and his team four years to film more than 100 bird species in 40 different countries. Using strategically placed cameras, including tiny HD cameras placed on the backs of trained birds, this six-part series captures amazing viewpoints that have never been seen before.

MetroFocus spoke with Fred Kaufman, Executive Producer of WNET’s series “Nature,” about the final part of the six-part series.


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.

The sixth and final episode of Earthflight, “Flying High,” airs Wednesday, October 9 at 8 p.m.