Strictly’s Hamza Yassin delights viewers with his new wildlife show Strictly Birds of Prey – as fans declare he ‘is the next David Attenborough’

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Viewers were blown away by Hamza: Strictly Birds of Prey last night - with saying the presenter could become the Sir David Attenborough

Viewers were blown away by Hamza: Strictly Birds of Prey last night – with saying the presenter could become the next Sir David Attenborough

On the BBC1 show, wildlife cameraman Hamza Yassin, who was a little known camera man before he won Strictly Come Dancing in December, travelled across the UK to track down and attempt to film his favourite birds. 

In one touching moment, Hamza visited the home of wildlife photographer David Plummer in East Sussex, where he saw an owl swoop down and snatch prey from right under his nose.

Many of those watching the show were wowed by Hamza’s passion for British wildlife, with some saying they had even been left in tears over the programme.

One wrote: ‘Surely Hamza has to be the next David Attenborough when David stands down. A brilliant programme so far.’  

Viewers were blown away by Hamza: Strictly Birds of Prey last night – with saying the presenter could become the Sir David Attenborough 

Another commented: ‘Strictly Birds of Prey dancing his way to being the next David Attenborough.’ 

A third added: ‘What an utterly captivating programme this was.’

A fourth wrote: ‘This absolute angel can do no wrong! I love Hamza’s new show Strictly Birds of Prey over on BBC1 tonight.

‘His passion and sincerity just oozes out of the TV screen. Love, love, love.’

Another wrote: ‘We need more programmes like this please!’ 

‘Catching up on Birds of Prey,’ another added. ‘Quite emotional; dedication, joy, attachment.

‘For me, wildlife IS life. So privileged to volunteer with Osprey conservation or to listen to Tawny owls metres from my window as I fall asleep.

‘If you don’t get it, you’re not human. I’m done.’  

Many of those watching the show were wowed by Hamza's passion for British wildlife, with some saying they had even been left in tears over the show

Many of those watching the show were wowed by Hamza’s passion for British wildlife, with some saying they had even been left in tears over the show

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The programme began with Hamza returning to his home on the remote and beautiful Ardnamurchan Peninsula on the west coast of Scotland. 

He explained how the village had supported him throughout his time on Strictly, saying: ‘This whole saying that it takes a village to raise a child…this village raised me.’

The presenter revealed how he had been following and filming a family of white-tailed eagles – the largest bird of prey in the British Isles – for 14 years. 

He said: ‘I’ve been sitting quietly in my bird hide, and spent countless hours filming them as they raise their chicks.

‘They are powerful, majestic, intelligent…I can go on and on. 

‘They are what I think about when I wake up, what I dream about…for me, they are the way into the natural world.’

Along with camerawoman Katie Mayhew, Hamza and David were able to see an owl swoop down to capture a mouse metres from the presenter

Along with camerawoman Katie Mayhew, Hamza and David were able to see an owl swoop down to capture a mouse metres from the presenter 

Hamza could barely contain his excitement after seeing the owl at such close proximity (pictured)

Hamza could barely contain his excitement after seeing the owl at such close proximity (pictured)

In another segment, he visited a woodland behind Hamza’s house where he has often seen a family of buzzards.

He explained: ‘I’ve just come to the back of my house to check on the buzzards I’ve been filming.’

He built his filming hide in an oak forest, and said he was about six or seven metres from the birds – so close they could even hear him breathing.

Hamza said: ‘It was just lovely to have this intimate period between the parents and the chicks.’

He explained it would ‘make his day’ if he saw the adults or the chicks,  before capturing the moment one of the parents caught a meal to take to a hungry chick waiting in the trees nearby.

Elsewhere, he visited suburban Sussex, where naturalist and wildlife photographer David has transformed his garden into a wildlife haven.

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David said: ‘I’ve travelled all over the world for work, but my favourite place in the world is right here next to the pond.’

The programme began with Hamza returning to his home on the remote and beautiful Ardnamurchan Peninsula on the west coast of Scotland

The programme began with Hamza returning to his home on the remote and beautiful Ardnamurchan Peninsula on the west coast of Scotland

The presenter described how the village had supported him during his time on Strictly Come Dancing

The presenter described how the village had supported him during his time on Strictly Come Dancing 

The photographer continued: ‘It’s no secret, I’ve got Parkinson’s disease which I’ve dealt with for 14 years so far pretty well.

‘It’s getting worse and I know my world geographically is getting smaller. But the natural world is around us, everywhere and if we create habitats then we can get as much from this pond in the UK as a marsh in Brazil.’

He said: ‘Although it’s getting geographically smaller, my mind is still as absorbed and obsessed with the natural world.’ 

The two grew emotional as they discussed how David’s health has deteriorated – and his work to attract animals into his garden. 

Along with camerawoman Katie Mayhew, Hamza and David were able to see an owl swoop down to capture a mouse metres from the presenter.  

Hamza could barely contain his excitement, saying: ‘What just happened? That was phenomenal. Absolutely phenomenal.’

David described the animals as ‘absolutely gorgeous’, saying: ‘It is a case that if you put it there, wildlife will come.’ 

Finally, Hamza returned to the Cairngorms to capture his last bird of prey for the show  – the golden eagle. 

Fellow conservationists Ewan and Jenny offered him unique access to a nest where Hamza was able to get up close and personal with some golden eagle chicks in an experience he would never forget.

His journey ended when he began, back at the very first bird hide he built in Ardnamurchan when he was just starting out as a wildlife cameraman.

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Finally, Hamza returned to the Cairngorms to capture his last bird of prey for the show ¿ the golden eagle

Finally, Hamza returned to the Cairngorms to capture his last bird of prey for the show – the golden eagle

He found a note left for him by well-wishers, which made him reflect on his journey.

He found an unopened cider, reading the message aloud: ‘To Hamza, thankyou for inspiring me to take photos of wild birds.’

He said: ‘This is so lovely. To think that eagles have bought people together is kind of weird, but in a really beautiful way. 

‘People are awesome, humanity is amazing. That is what this whole journey is about.

‘It’s just wonderful to see everybody collaborating in the natural world.’

‘My mission in life is to be the voice for the wildlife. And the way I can do that is through my documentaries and photography.’

Hamza has previously revealed his dream to be like legendary wildlife broadcaster Attenborough, 96, after his dyslexia stopped him from going into the medical profession

Hamza has previously revealed his dream to be like legendary wildlife broadcaster Attenborough, 96, after his dyslexia stopped him from going into the medical profession 

Hamza has previously revealed his dream to be like legendary wildlife broadcaster Attenborough, 96, after his dyslexia stopped him from going into the medical profession.

Speaking in 2022, he said: ‘I was following in the family footsteps being in the medical profession but then declined it for zoology when I had a heart to heart with my parents.

‘I said to them look, I’m severely dyslexic this is going to be an absolute nightmare. As much as I’ve love to please everybody by becoming a medic I’ve got to follow my dreams of becoming a wildlife cameraman and zoologist.

‘I am someone who has fallen deeply in love with mother nature and want to look after it thanks to the people like Sir David Attenborough and Steve Irwin, God rest his soul. They gave me the love of mother nature and I want to pass that onto the next generation.’ 

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