Posts tagged 'Bbc'

The Vogelkop Bowerbird

“The bower is a cone-shaped hut-like structure some 100 cm high and 160 cm in diameter, with an entrance usually propped up by two column-like sticks. A front “lawn” of some square meters area is cleaned of debris and laid out with moss. On this, and in the entrance of the bower, decorations such as colourful flowers or fruit, shining beetle elytra, dead leaves and other conspicuous objects are collected and artistically arranged. Males go to great lengths to ensure that their displays are in prime condition, replacing old items as needed, as well as trying to outdo their neighbours by finding more spectacular decorations, and arranging them appropriately…more on wikipedia

Nature can, at times, be terrible and unforgiving but it is also the source of such intriguing, complex and beautiful mysteries like the Vogelkop bowerbird. As I was watching the attached video, lulled into peaceful contentedness by the reassuring narration of Sir David Attenborough, I kept thinking to myself, “how, little bird, did you come to be?”

This particular clip is from the BBC produced series ‘Life’ which I highly recommend watching in it’s entirety. See/watch/learn more about the Vogelkop bowerbird on the BBC’s Nature website and on wikipedia.

[ Life - The Vogelkop Bowerbird: Nature's Great Seducer - BBC One ]


Facts feed brains, that’s a fact.

Sean Pecknold directed this promotional video for the BBC Knowledge Channel that will remind you of just how much you don’t know and how gratifying it is to learn new things.  Ain’t existence marvelous?

[ BBC Knowledge ]

Sexy Orchids All Up Ons

Those orchids are sexy, tricksy little minxes, I tell you.

Did you know that vanilla comes from orchids?  Or that orchids are virtually immortal?  It’s true (providing you take good care of them, of course).  There are individual plants that are still alive today that were first brought to England in the 1800s. Whoa.

The above video is from the excellent BBC produced series ‘The Private Life of Plants’ hosted by none other than Sir David Attenborough.

[ Sexual Tricks of Orchid Plants ]

I bet that was pretty exhilarating

Just gorgeous.

[ BBCHD: Super Slo-mo Surfer! ]