Ok, so I’m unashamedly promoting my new show on National Geographic WILD in this post. It offers a fantastic insight into the lives of Harris’s Hawks, the Sonoran Desert and its creatures. Please see below for more details.

The National Geographic WILD TV network is debuting Aerial Assassins, hosted by James Currie on Friday, January 20, 2012. The new hour-long show delves into the Sonoran Desert to track Harris’s Hawks.


A former wildlife wrangler, Currie also hosts, Nikon’s Birding Adventures TV, the first bird-watching travel show in the US.  James Currie is a native of South Africa; he has led wildlife and bird-watching tours for more than 15 years. His passion for wildlife and traveling has led him all over the world, from the Amazon to Australia and even Madagascar. Currie describes himself as a lifelong “birder,” and feels “truly blessed to be able to do what he loves.” James states, “I am so excited for the premiere of Aerial Assassins and to introduce the world to the Harris’s Hawk, a species that has become popular among birders and others over the past two decades.”

Like other well-known predators such as lions and wolves, Harris’s Hawks are also fiercely brutal and track prey in packs. James Currie will take the viewer on an adventurous journey through the desert with the hope of witnessing Harris’s Hawks hunting together. Like the aforementioned animals, the birds are unpredictable and there is no guarantee as to where and when the hawks will prey. The viewer will just have to watch and find out.

Harris’s Hawks in the Sonoran Desert by Charlie Kaiser

Aerial Assassins premieres Friday, January 20th at 10pm EST. It will re-air Saturday, January 21st at 1am EST and Friday, January 27th at 3pm EST. For a preview of the show, please see below:

Thanks to all the readers for their support and enjoy the show!

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A life-long birder and native of South Africa, James Currie has many years experience in the birding and wildlife tourism arenas. James has led professional wildlife and birding tours for 15 years and his passion for birding and remote cultures has taken him to far corners of the earth from the Amazon and Australia to Africa and Madagascar. He is also an expert in the field of sustainable development and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in African Languages and a Masters degree in Sustainable Environmental Management. From 2004-2007 James worked as the Managing Director of Africa Foundation, a non-profit organization that directs its efforts towards the uplifting of communities surrounding wildlife areas in Africa. James is currently the host and owner of Nikon's Birding Adventures TV and he resides in West Palm Beach, Florida.