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Bird Watcher

Imaginative preschool show. Sid finds out whether he has what it takes to be a successful birdwatcher.


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# Let's play!

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# Let's play!

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# Let's have an adventure

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# Hooray!

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# Let's play!

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# Who could we be today? What could we do?

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# I'd like to drive a racing car

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# Fly to the moon

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# I could be firefighter, a farmer or a vet

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# A knight in shining armour

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# Or I could be a chef

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# Let's play

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# Let's play

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# Let's have an adventure today

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# Let's play! #

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HE WHISTLES

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He's good at whistling. Let me have a go.

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SHE BLOWS

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Hmm.

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SHE BLOWS

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You all right, Rebecca?

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I would be if I could whistle.

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SHE BLOWS But I can't.

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Come on, everyone can whistle.

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HE WHISTLES A TUNE SHE BLOWS

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-See?

-That's more blowing than whistling.

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-I could teach you.

-Really?

-Sure. Make a kissy face

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-Take a deep breath in.

-HE BREATHES IN

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And then blow out gently.

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HE WHISTLES SHE BLOWS

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You're right. You can't whistle.

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Maybe one day. BEEPING

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-There are more important things than whistling! It's time!

-Great!

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-It's time to play!

-Whose turn is it today?

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-Let it be me!

-Let it be me!

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-Me!

-Me!

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Let it be me, let it be me!

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Let it be me.

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Let it be me.

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BOTH: # Let it be me

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# Let it be me

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# I really, really, really, really hope that it's me. #

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-Let...

-Let...

-Let...

-Let...

-Let it be me!

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# Let it be me, let it be me

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# I really, really, really, really hope that it's me! #

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-Could it be me?

-Could it be me?

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TICK-TOCK!

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It's me!

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# Yes, it's me! Yes, it's me!

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# I'm really, really, really, really happy!

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# It's me! #

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Look, there's the dressing-up room.

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# Let's play ! #

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This is really exciting.

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Let's find out what we're playing today.

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Wow, so I've got a clown's head, a bee's body and a caveman's feet.

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No, that can't be right.

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BEEP

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OK, great. Now this time I have on a woolly hat,

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camouflage jacket and trousers

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and walking boots.

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So what are we playing today?

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I know. We're going to play bird watchers,

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and we're going to go spotting birds. Brilliant!

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So what do we need to know?

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BOING!

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Bird watchers love watching all kinds of birds,

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the more unusual, the better.

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They wear special clothes to make sure the birds can't see them

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and must keep really quiet

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because some of the birds they watch are nesting

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and they don't want to scare them away from the eggs.

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There are more birds than people in the world.

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One of the rarest is the Madagascan pochard duck.

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It's brown with a white ring around its eye

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and there are only about 60 in the whole world.

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You can tell what type a bird is by the colour of its feathers

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and the markings on its body.

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It's not just what a bird looks like that makes it different.

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They all have their own special call.

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So that's what we need to remember about being a bird watcher.

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And do we need anything else?

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Ooh.

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A cardboard tubey thing.

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I wonder what I'm going to need this for. I guess we'll find out.

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We've got everything we need. Let's go.

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All I have to do is put my lips together and blow very gently.

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Right, OK...

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SHE BLOWS

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They really won't work. What's wrong with my lips?

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Guess what we're playing today.

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HE WHISTLES You're a train spotter!

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A whistling one with a hat on.

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No! We're playing bird watchers!

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And we'll be watching birds.

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HE WHISTLES I wish I could whistle like a bird.

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Instead of doing this! SHE BLOWS

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Don't worry. I'll get you making the best bird noises when I get back.

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OK, I'll keep practising. Or maybe if I do this...

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-SHE BLOWS

-Er, yeah, OK. Maybe.

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-See you later.

-See you later. Bye!

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# Let's play! #

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SHE BLOWS

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Come on, let's play bird watchers.

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Whoa!

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Yippee!

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# Let's play! #

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Right, so, where are we?

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Ah, the great outdoors!

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The trees, the grass, the wind in my hat

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and a chance to spot some birdies. Right...

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Let's see if we can find a birdy.

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-Hello.

-Oh!

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-Who are you?

-My name's Lottie. I'm a bird watcher.

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Ah, so am I. I mean, my name's not Lottie. I'm Sid.

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But I'm a bird watcher, too. We're hoping to spot some birdies today.

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I've got my own binoculars.

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Hang on, everything's really small.

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Here.

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Oh! Yes. Silly me.

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Will you be going to the sanctuary?

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We haven't got time to go there. We'll too busy bird watching.

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No, I mean the bird sanctuary.

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-In there. The best place to look at birds.

-Yes, the BIRD sanctuary.

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-That's what you mean. We'll be going there.

-Oh, good.

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Apparently, the rarest bird in the world is nesting there.

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I've spent a lifetime watching birds

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but this is the one I want to see the most.

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-Ah, see you there.

-OK.

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Bye-bye, then, Lottie. Come on, let's go there as well.

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Yes. And maybe we'll see the rarest bird in the world.

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Let's go.

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Oh, so this is a bird sanctuary, is it?

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Right, let's find some birds.

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Here, birdy-birdies!

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Birdy-birdies!

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Oh, look.

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-There's one.

-BIRD TWEETS

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Hello, Mr Blackbird.

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I'm Bird Watcher Sid.

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Whoa! Hey, wait! Come back.

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HE SIGHS

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That one flew away.

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Any more over there?

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Any more blackbirds? No?

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Oh, there's one. It's a pigeon.

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Right. I'm going to take a picture of you.

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Smile!

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Aw! That one flew away as well.

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Oh, what's that?

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QUACKING

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This time it's a duck.

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Right, I'm definitely going to get a picture.

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OK. Hello, Mr Duck.

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QUACKING

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Whoa!

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Oh, no, that one flew away as well.

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Hey!

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-Shh!

-What?

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-I said, "Shh!"

-Oh.

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You're asking me to be quiet? Oh, OK, I'm shushed.

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Er, why are we shushing?

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Your noisy voice has scared away all the birds.

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And if you keep making noises like that, we won't see a sparrow,

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-let alone the rarest bird in the world.

-Oh! I see.

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Sorry. I just got a bit carried away.

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Carried away?

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You're being crazy.

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How can I see any birds

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when you sound like a hurricane in a bagpipe factory?

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I think she's a bit upset.

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The thing is, Sid, what is the first thing a bird watcher must be?

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-Ooh.

-Hmm?

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Er... Oh, I remember! Do you?

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Yes, bird watchers must be really quiet

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because some of the birds may be nesting

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-and they don't want to scare them away from their eggs.

-Exactly.

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-Look, another bird!

-Shh-shh!

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(I mean, another bird.)

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OK. Take your time, be very quiet and take the picture.

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OK. Nice and easy.

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-CLICK!

-Got it!

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Oops! Sorry.

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OK. Follow me and... shhh!

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Shh!

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CLICK!

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-Oh!

-Oh!

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I'm going to show you the quietest place to do bird watching from.

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You'll get some great pictures

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and, who knows, we might even get to see the rarest bird in the world.

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Oh, stop. OK...

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In here.

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What? Me, walk in there?

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Those bushes? I'm not going in there. I might get all messy.

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Sid, sometimes bird watchers do have to get messy, you know.

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-Do they?

-Yes. Come on.

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Agh!

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Wow, a den in the bushes!

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Sort of. It's called a hide.

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It's so we can watch all kinds of birds without them seeing us

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-and getting scared.

-Oh, clever!

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So, where are the birds? Do we just sit and wait for them to walk in?

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No. We look at them through these spy holes.

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Oh, right.

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Yes.

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Let's see what's out there.

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If we're lucky...

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we'll see lots of birds.

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And maybe the rarest one of all.

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The Madagascan pochard duck.

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Its brown feathers, white ring around its eye...

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I dream that one day...

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I will see it in the flesh.

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Yes, I'd like to see it, too...

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Hang on. That sounds familiar.

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Yes. I've heard that before.

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Oh! I know. I remember. Do you?

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One of the rarest birds in the world is the Madagascan pochard duck.

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Yes, it's brown with a white ring round its eye

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and there are only around 60 in the whole world.

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And I think I took a picture of it earlier.

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Yes. I went up to it and it flew away and...

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Maybe I caught a picture. I'm not sure. Did I?

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Oh! Yes, I did! Lottie!

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Shh! I think I can see a seagull.

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No, look, the bird, the one you wanted to see.

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Not now. It's stretching out its wings.

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I took its picture! The Madagascan pochard!

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You can't have done. It's the rarest bird in the world

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and hardly anyone has ever seen it and there's no way...

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SHE GASPS The Madagascan pochard duck!

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Whoo! The Madagascan pochard duck!

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It's here! In this sanctuary!

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-It's here!

-Well...

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Tell me you didn't scare it away. HE LAUGHS

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Tell me you didn't scare away one of the rarest birds in the world.

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HE LAUGHS

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I think I might have done.

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Oh! No!

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I kind of got excited.

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Well, don't worry. I'm going to make sure you see that bird.

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I'm going to go out and track it down for you

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and I'm going to make sure that you see it!

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Because, Lottie, that is what us bird watchers do.

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That is what we do!

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-Sid.

-Yes.

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-Can we go now, please?

-Yes.

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So, the picture I took had a kind of bush behind it

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and a tree in the right-hand corner.

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-Sid, are you sure this is the place?

-Absolutely certain.

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This is the place where I saw the rarest bird in the world,

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the Madagascan pochard, or, as I call it, a duck!

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Oh, Sid! Come here, come and look.

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-HE GASPS

-You know what that is?

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That is a nest with an egg in it.

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-But you know what makes that nest and egg so special?

-No. What?

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That is a Madagascan pochard egg.

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It must have been laid by that bird you saw.

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There are only 60 of those birds left in the world.

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And that egg is number 61!

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Wow! Great!

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-No, not great.

-Eh?

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Not great. Oh?

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Oh, not great.

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Oh, no, of course.

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Because if that duck doesn't come back, then that egg won't hatch.

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-So?

-So we need to find the duck now.

-We certainly do.

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You look that way, I'll look this.

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Is that it?

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-No, that's a tree.

-No, next to the tree.

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-Oh, a sparrow.

-Oh.

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Oh, how about that?

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That's a pigeon.

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Oh. I can't find this Madagascan thingy anywhere.

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Neither can I.

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Oh. All these birds look the same to me.

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How are we going to find it

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and how are we going to get it back to its egg?

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Oh, no.

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Oh, hold on! I remember. Do you?

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It's not just what a bird LOOKS like that makes it different.

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All birds have special calls.

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We need to talk to this bird to try and get it back to its nest.

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-But how?

-Hmm.

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If we pretend that we're ducks, maybe she'll hear us and come back.

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Like this. Quackety-quack, quack-quack-quack, quack!

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Quack-quackety, quackety-quack!

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-You're being serious, aren't you?

-Yes. You should quack, too. Quack!

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-Quack-quack!

-OK. I'll give it a go.

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Quack, quack,

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quack, quack, quack.

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-QUACKING

-Shh! Wait. Is that it?

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Oh, no, that's a drake mallard. Wrong duck.

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We're on the right lines. We've got ducks coming.

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We should keep quacking. Quack-quacking.

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Quackity-quack-quacking.

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BOTH: Quack, quack. Quack, quack.

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Look, this is no good. It isn't doing the trick at all.

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-Any ideas?

-We need to call it.

-That's what we're doing.

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-With a proper duck caller.

-Eh?

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It's long and brown. You blow into it.

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It makes a quacking noise. But I didn't bring mine.

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That sounds like the sort of thing...

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-Hold on!

-What?

-This duck-calling thing.

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-Does it look like that?

-This is the exact thing!

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I think I'll be doing that.

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OK, well, we need to find somewhere to hide so it doesn't see us.

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Right. How about over there?

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Yes, great.

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-OK, you need to blow on it very gently.

-Right.

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QUIET QUACKING

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-No, actually, a little bit harder, but not too hard.

-OK.

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LOUDER QUACKING

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-Nothing.

-OK, let's wait and see.

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-And don't blow on it again.

-OK.

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QUACKING

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-I said don't blow on it again!

-I didn't!

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Well if it wasn't you...

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Then who was it?

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BOTH: The Madagascan pochard! Sh! (Sorry.)

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There it is!

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QUACKING

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The Madagascan pochard. It's there. It's actually there.

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The rarest bird in the world.

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-This is the most exciting moment of my life!

-Me too!

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But we can't get too excited,

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because we want it sitting on that egg.

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Yes, of course. Look, hold on!

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BOTH: Wow! Two Madagascan pochards!

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This is so awesome!

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Yes. Wow. What an adventure.

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But we'd never have found them

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without remembering everything we needed to know.

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Bird watchers must keep really quiet

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so they don't scare the birds away from their eggs.

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One of the rarest birds in the world is the Madagascan pochard duck.

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And all birds have special calls.

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-Hey, look!

-What?

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BOTH: Awww! A baby!

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Another little Madagascan pochard.

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Well, what a perfect end to a perfect day.

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And I think it's time we went home.

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Thanks for coming bird watching with me.

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-Thanks for having me. Bye.

-Bye.

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Then I made this quacking sound like a duck,

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and two of the rarest birds in the world came back,

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-and they hatched this baby duckling!

-Awww.

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I know. So cute. And I saw loads of birds,

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and they've all got different whistles.

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Really? I wish I could whistle,

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but it's still just... SHE BLOWS AIR

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Ohhh. Well, we may not be able to make Rebecca whistle,

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but we can certainly have you quacking like a duck. Try this.

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Oh! QUACKING SOUND

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GASPS How cool!

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Better than a whistle any day.

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Well, playing bird watchers was great fun,

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but what do you like to play?

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I like to play pirates and fly in a really fast plane.

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I fly my plane like this.

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My - name - is - Harvey - Robot.

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Pleased - to - meet - you.

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I like to play robots, and walk like this.

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I like playing with divers and swimming with lots of fish.

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I swim like this.

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It's fun to play. Start playing today!

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Go to bbc.co.uk/cbeebies and click on Let's Play.

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See you soon!

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Preschool show exploring the magic of play through dressing up, role play and pretending. Sid finds out whether he has what it takes to be a successful birdwatcher, as he tries to spot the rarest bird in the world, the Madagascan pochard duck.


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