BBC Wonders of the Monsoon

Step into a world where life is shaped by the greatest weather system on Earth.

Year : October 2014
Episodes : 5 (60 X 5)

Sandesh Kadur at Kaziranga National Park, Assam during the filming of Wonders of the Monsoon for BBC.


1. Waiting for the Rains

From India to Australia all life awaits the transforming power of the monsoon rains.

Our story begins in the southern extreme of the monsoon region, northern Australia. It is the end of the dry season and 300,000 little red flying foxes gather to drink. They skim the river, collecting water on their bodies, but they run the gauntlet of Australian freshwater crocodiles that launch out of the water to catch them.

2. Deluge

With a whisper on the wind, pre-monsoon showers come to Thailand. Assamese macaque monkeys play in the waters and gorge themselves on a monsoon delicacy of water snails.

3. The Drought

During the part of the year that the monsoon doesn`t bring rain, the winds reverse, bringing instead dry air and even drought to large parts of the region.  Fed by the previous rains, budgerigars swarm in the Australian desert. They congregate at a precious waterhole. Birds of prey try to ambush them but are mesmerised by the kaleidoscope of yellow and green.

4. Strange Castaways

On the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, black crested macaques thrive in large troops. They are amongst the most `loving` of monkeys, showing affection not just amongst close family, but across the whole group. A key reason is the abundance of fruit brought by the monsoon climate, providing enough for everyone.

5. People of the Monsoon

Our story begins as the relationship began – humans entered the region as hunter-gatherers. On the Philippine island of Palawan near Borneo, for part of the year people still hunt in the forest and live in caves. As with their ancient forebears, their lives are underpinned by a closeness to- and a spiritual respect for nature.

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