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wild New Zealand
The mountains, glaciers, and vast plains of New Zealand are reminiscent of North America or Europe in many places. But the flora and fauna of the islands are amazingly different and very exotic. Penguins breed in the forest, primitive lizards chase their offspring in the bushes, and kiwis meet in the dark of night. Isolation, the forces of water and the influence of humans shaped New Zealand. In a secluded place, between three oceans, the fauna here evolved in a special way over 80 million years. There were no predatory mammals. A luxury that has caused some bird species to lose their ability to fly. New Zealand’s famous bird, the kiwi, is just one of them. The three-part ‘Wild New Zealand’ series takes advantage of all the technical improvements: the camera glides weightlessly through southern beech forests and tree ferns, over giant glaciers, wide river valleys and steamy geysers, for grabbing predicaments but also unusual perspectives with the help of a crane , Dolly and static cameras. The time-lapse shows the liveliness of magnificent landscapes throughout the seasons, and the intense slow motion shows animal behavior that takes place in milliseconds: battles of sea lions, for example, or jump acrobatics for hundreds of black dolphins overflowing with joie de vivre. Underwater excursions into the depths of fjords and scenic shots from the air, combined with an atmospheric soundtrack, complete the fascinating story of the natural secrets and treasures of islands at the other end of the world. Editor’s note: 3sat will air the other episodes of the three-part “Wild New Zealand” series on Monday, September 6 and 13, at 8:15 p.m.
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