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In pictures: Wonders of the monsoon


The transforming power of the monsoon rains is the focus of a new series on BBC 2 that charts the effect on wildlife and people living in Australia and elsewhere in Asia. Here we share a few pictures taken during the making of the production.

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image captionTo capture the arrival of the monsoon the crew spent a month travelling across the northern outback of Australia, chasing reports of immense storms as they began to build.
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image captionEvery year during the dry season, about 300,000 little red flying foxes retreat to the Roper river in Australia for shelter and water. Drinking here can be deadly though, as the river is home to freshwater crocodiles that lie in wait for the drinking bats.
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image captionIn Australia the Frilled Necked Lizard remains in torpor through the dry season while food is scarce but the onset of the monsoon rains brings a flush of insects to be fed on. During the short wet season the lizards must feed up and then find a mate before dry season comes round again.
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image captionA peacock is pictured in the Kanha National Park, India. A local saying is that the call of the peacocks shows that the monsoon is on its way. In fact peacocks do begin their courtship in the last weeks of the dry season, ensuring their chicks hatch just in time for the monsoon rains.
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image captionMore than 40 million red crabs set out together on a migration to the sea to spawn, at the onset of the monsoon rains on Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean.
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image captionThe monsoon forests of India are one of the tigers' last strongholds. During dry season their coats provide excellent camouflage among the parched, golden foliage as they hunt chital and samba deer.

Waiting for the Rains can be seen on BBC2 on 5 October at 20:00.