23y/o Wildlife filmmaker and host of Nat Geo's 'Wild_Life'. Previously Jaguars and Leopards for NG with Steve Winter. Now BBC NHU Camera bursary.
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A female leopard and her cub perch majestically in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka. Leopard cubs are born blind and start to develop sight after 10 days. Cubs will stay then stay with their mothers until they're around 2 years old. Shot a couple of years ago on assignment for @natgeo, @natgeowild and @stevewinterphoto.
I've been playing the 'let's see how close we can get the cameras to the water without drowning them' game! Shooting on coast of British Columbia for the BBC's next landmark series. @bbcearth#earthonlocation
A crested hawk-eagle on the lookout for prey (small birds and mammals) near a waterhole in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for @natgeo, @natgeowild and @stevewinterphoto.
Finding some pretty epic locations here on the coast of British Columbia with producer @chaddenhunter (pictured). Great to be working for someone with a more ridiculous name than mine! Shooting for the BBC's next landmark series. @bbcearth#earthonlocation
A big male sloth bear on patrol in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka. Whilst their huge claws can be used to fight, their main purpose is as a digging tool- a large proportion of sloth bear diet is insects! Shot on assignment for @natgeo, @natgeowild and @stevewinterphoto.
Blink and you'll miss it! A Sri Lankan leopard climbs up a tree to catch the breeze during the heat of the day in Yala National Park. Leopards are incredible tree climbers- males are capable of carrying prey up to three times their own body weight up into the canopy! Shot a couple of years back for @natgeo, @natgeowild and @stevewinterphoto.
Happy world oceans day! I'm currently shooting in the Pacific ocean on the coast of British Columbia, Canada. Waders are a crucial bit of kit out here! Filming wildlife for the BBC's next landmark series. Photo by @mattallen16. @bbcearth#earthonlocation
More from the epic battle! A Sri Lankan leopard sizes up to a huge 3m/10ft mugger crocodile. In the hours leading up to this standoff, this leopard had been feeding on the buffalo calf kill pictured in this frame. This attracted the attention of a group of mugger crocodiles in a nearby pond. Keen on stealing the leopards meal, one of the crocodiles slowly walked towards the leopard and the kill. Considering the size and armour of this crocodile, I was sure the leopard would run away. I was wrong. In fact, it did the exact opposite stepping over the kill and bluff charging the crocodile.
A Sri Lankan leopard sizes up to a huge 3m/10ft mugger crocodile. In the hours leading up to this standoff, this leopard had been feeding on the buffalo calf kill pictured in this frame. This attracted the attention of a group of mugger crocodiles in a nearby pond. Keen on stealing the leopards meal, one of the crocodiles slowly walked towards the leopard and the kill. Considering the size and armour of this crocodile, I was sure the leopard would immediately back down. I was wrong. The leopard started bluff charging the croc before throwing a punch. As you can see, the crocodile wasn't particularly impressed by being swatted. As the croc opened its mouth in response, the leopard realised it was outgunned and stepped aside to let the croc have its fill!
A Malabar pied hornbill preens its feathers at dusk before taking flight in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka. These prehistoric birds are always comical to watch from trying to stay balanced on a tricky perch (like here!) to snapping fruit off of trees and tossing it in the air to eat it. Shot for @natgeo, @natgeowild and @stevewinterphoto.
@john_shier (pictured with boat captain Benny) and I have had an epic week of training with @nathangarfalos and his GSS camera system here on Lake Tahoe. Like the Cineflex and Shotover, this system allows you to get stable shots with long lenses even when the boat, car or helicopter that you're in is buzzing all over the place. An amazing piece of kit that helps us to better tell wildlife stories. Thanks to @idoaerials!
A bull transient orca surfaces to breathe in front of Mount Baker as a Brandt's cormorant zooms past overhead. @connorstefanison and I felt very privileged to be alongside these awesome animals. Shot yesterday when we managed to sneak a whale watch into a travel day. Big thanks to @bcwhaletours for taking us out! Next stop San Fransisco.
A wild peacock in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka. These amazing colours are surprisingly not caused primarily by pigments, instead by tiny crystal-like structures in the feathers. These structures, spaced at different distances apart, cause different wavelengths of light to be absorbed and reflected, creating the amazing iridescent patterns our eyes see. Shot for @natgeo, @natgeowild and @stevewinterphoto.
A wild peacock displaying in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka. Despite his incredible tail fan, the peahens just didn't seem interested. It's amazing to think that this male will shed and a grow a new fan each year, all in the name of reproduction! Shot during a leopard assignment for @natgeo, @natgeowild and @stevewinterphoto.
An Asian elephant calf takes a drink with its mother in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan subspecies of elephant is the largest of the Asian elephant species with the biggest bulls weighing over 5000kg/11000lbs. That said, when born, this little calf would have weighed only 100kg/220lbs! Shot during a leopard project for @natgeo, @natgeowild and @stevewinterphoto.
This Sri Lankan elephant calf was having a great time splashing around in the shallows. That was until this moment when a little bump from its mother meant it lost its footing. I imagine a more experience elephant would have just poked its trunk up above the surface to breathe. Instead, it struggled to its feet before exploding out of the water to get some air! Clearly shaken by the whole experience, it ran out of the pool and wouldn't come back in to join its mother! Shot during a leopard project for @natgeo, @natgeowild and @stevewinterphoto.
Top couple of days testing camera toys on various real and fake animals with @gilesbadger!
More steller sea lion madness. Every day during this shoot in February, we saw more and more animals in the water. As the big bulls can grown up to 11ft/3.5m long and weigh over 1000kg/2200lbs, you might think being surrounded by 50 of these excitable predators is scary. The reality here is totally the opposite. I'd compare it to playing with 50 giant puppies! Shot by @becky_kagan_schott for an exciting new 360 experience for @natgeo coming first to China this summer. Stay tuned! @aqualungdivers keeping me warm. #SalishSea#BritshColumbia
Post sea lion dive snow angel whilst shooting for an exciting new 360 experience for @natgeo coming first to China this summer. Stay tuned! Photo by @seaprooftv. @aqualungdivers keeping me toasty warm.
A bit of a steller sea lion fun from the west coast of Vancouver Island back in February. After pulling on my @aqualungdivers fins, mask and regulator, these young sea lions then decided it was time to pick on the starfish. Shot by @becky_kagan_schott for an exciting new 360 experience for @natgeo coming first to China this summer. Stay tuned!
A big wild female jaguar returns to visit her cub in the Pantanal, Brazil. After impatiently waiting in the grass for his mother, the cub couldn't wait to practise his hunting. Whilst the mother didn't look very impressed to be practice prey, it's experience like this that will help ensure he grows up to be a successful hunter. Shot for @stevewinterphoto, @natgeowild and @natgeo. Follow @bertiegregory for more jaguar adventures!
A huge female jaguar taking a nap up a tree. Her 1-year-old cub was crashing around on the river beach below. The female didn't look particularly impressed when woken up by the commotion! Shot for @stevewinterphoto, @natgeowild and @natgeo. Follow @bertiegregory to see the cub crashing around next!
Two 16-month-old jaguar cubs emerge out of the grass at sunset. Their mother was much more nervous around us during the day, she would only emerge under the cover of darkness. Now, 9 months later, these cubs are hunting for themselves and searching for territories of their own. Look out for this family in our new jaguar show for @natgeowild premiering later this year. @stevewinterphoto and @natgeo. Big thanks to the awesome team at @projetooncafari.
Going to the @nabshow in Las Vegas today? I'm going to be on the @canonusa stand at 1:50 and 4:30 chatting about our jaguar project for @natgeowild and @natgeo. Here's a behind the scenes shot from the shoot last summer in Brazil’s Pantanal wetland. I’m using the @easyrig to get jaguar eye view shots to build the hunting sequences. Hopefully see some of you later!
Yacare caiman are capable of making water dance! When displaying to potential mates and showing members of the same sex who’s boss, they sink down into the water so their backs are just below the surface. They then produce a spooky low frequency booming noise which causes this bizarre spectacle. Shot for @stevewinterphoto, @natgeowild and @natgeo.
Waiting for a female jaguar and her cub to wake up from a snooze in Brazil's Pantanal wetland last summer. Want to find out what happened next? @stevewinterphoto and I are going to be on the @canonusa stand on Wednesday at the @NABshow in Las Vegas chatting about our jaguar project for @natgeowild and @natgeo. Hopefully see some of you there!
Photo by the legend that is @stevewinterphoto. In honor of Earth Day, @NatGeoCreative are offering signed Nat Geo prints during a FLASH Print Sale. 27% of profits go to the National Geographic Society to Further their work in science, conservation and exploration. Sale ends Saturday! Link in @natgeocreative bio.
An adult giant otter needs to eat about 2kg/4lbs of fish every single day. Many other species (e.g. herons and fish) have learnt that hanging around these fishing machines can often offer a meal! Unfortunately for these hangers-on, the otters aren't keen on sharing. Shot for a new jaguar show for @natgeowild, @stevewinterphoto and @natgeo.
A big male jaguar takes a drink at sunset. During the dry season in Brazil's Pantanal, the jaguars stick close to the rivers. Not only do these rivers provide drinking water, they also concentrate the jaguar's primary prey- capybara and caiman. As a result, the best way to observe them is by boat. This gives an added benefit for filming as you can use the boat as a giant camera slider to create movement in the shot. Using a gyrostabilised rig and an electric motor, my boatman and I were able to smoothly (and almost silently) glide past giving the shot this rotation. Shot for @Stevewinterphoto, @natgeowild and @natgeo. Thanks to @pantanalsafaris.
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