The Serengeti of the insectsThe Serengeti of the insects: (49 min) The Saga pedo is not a lion or a leopard, it is simply a predatory bush cricket. It is able to kill creatures which are as big as itself and so it can be considered the true king of the creatures that inhabit the Mediterranean steppe in the South of Italy, where animals are born and die every day just like in the most spectacular African bushveld
The Serengeti of the insects 2Mediterranean Serengeti : The grassy plains (50 min) and the Bush (50 min). They are vast, they are wild, they are the Mediterranean dry steppes of Sardinia and Apulia, grazed by free ranging herds of cattle, horses and sheep and inhabited by an amazing community of invertebrates. The fauna includes six-legged herbivores, scavengers, predators which , in spite of their small sizes, live the same life of the much larger inhabitants of African savannahs.
L’aigle et le serpentL’aigle et le serpent: ( 49 min) The Short-toed Eagle feeds mainly on snakes. Although it is widespread in many Mediterranean countries, this large bird of prey is able to hide very well thanks to its shy behaviour at the nest. Moreover its snake-based diet keeps it far away from human settlements. This eagle is a true trans-Saharan migratory bird which in early spring move towards Europe to nest in dense evergreen maquis. The film describes in full details the life cycle of the eagle families.
Salt flatsSalt flats ( 50 min) Italy salt flats go back to the Phoenicians and to the Roman times. They are still the main source of salt for most European countries, where salt is used to keep roads free from ice and to make meals more tasteful. Salt flats can also be considered biodiversity jewels, because they host impressive colonies of gulls, terns, waders and flamingos, which rear their chicks close to the men who harvest the salt today as well as 2000 years ago.
Treasure’s islandsTreasure’s islands ( 50 min) Small rock islands, located off the coast of Sardinia and Sicily, at the same latitude of central Tunisia, are home of pelagic seabirds, which come here to find sheltered sites for their nests. They arrive during the night and crowd underground caves. Man and birds interact in many ways and together with tuna, which is still culled in the traditional tonnara of Carloforte, their life depends on the complexity of the fragile pelagic equilibrium.
The journey of the snowfinchesSurvivors of the Last Ice Age ( 48 min) The southernmost glacier in Europe lies at 2800 metres of altitude in Gran Sasso, a striking massif located in the central Apennines, the heart of Italy. This glacier is gradually retreating and the typical arctic plants and animals which all around gives life to it are at high risk. Especially the Snowfinch, the charming sparrow-sized bird, which is able to nest at the real top of the mountain and to overcome the strong winter storms, typical of this environment.
Winged Roma ( 50 min) Roma caput aviumBirds have always held a special place in the history of Rome, ever since they indicated the place where Romulus should found the city. It was by observing the flight of cranes that the first king of Rome knew that it was on the Palatine hill, on the banks of the Tiber, that the gods wanted to site the city that was to dominate the Ancient World A lot of water has passed under the bridges of the River Tiber since then, but the birds continue to be a living, even intrusive, presence. It could be said that Rome is in the hands, or rather in the claws, of the birds. Among the hundreds of different species of birds that live more or less regularly in Rome, two compete for the title of rulers of the city: the herring gull and the hooded crow. Indeed, we will witness a fight to the last feather that will in the end decide which of them will eventually take over the city.