A close look at animal species found in Antarctica. Featured is footage of emperor and Adelie penguins in various stages of development, Weddell seals (which may grow to nine feet in length and weigh up to 900 pounds) and leopard seals, the penguins' archenemies.
A wide variety of birds are observed around East Africa's Lake Nakuru. Included is footage of lightweight lake pelicans flying at high speeds, emus and cormorants catching food for their young, herons attacking their prey, malachite kingfishers beating their catch to death, a giant fisheagle devouring a flamingo.
Rocky Mountain roamers---bighorn sheep, one of nature's hardiest breeds, are observed. Cameras follow through the seasons to show their preparation for winter, spring lambing, and year-long harassment by predators. Film clips also capture the bighorns' superb agility and sure-footedness on rugged slopes.
Madagascar, an island off the coast of Africa, is the setting for a study of lemurs, tree-dwelling primates that are related to monkeys. Also: footage of mudskippers, fish that can survive out of water for periods of time.
In the Arctic region during the summer months, Prof. Beat Tschanz studies the behavior patterns of the guillemot birds. Included: how parents protect offspring from prey through a system of communications.
Studies on the Makiritare, a South American Indian tribe, reveal that the women are in charge of the planting, harvesting and cooking, while the men are busy making war; that their basic food source is the cassava root; and that they remain in one area until they exhaust the surrounding land.
In Yugoslavia's Plitzwitze National Park, the nature enthusiast can see dippers wading in water and diving to gather food from the river floors; rock doves attracting the predatory peregrines; fish otters; fast-flying hawk moths.
Predators roaming the Ardennes of France and the Black Forest of Germany are studied in this documentary. Special attention is focused on fast-flying peregrines, nocturnal eagle owls and European wildcats.