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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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.
Wondering what Steve was so excited about in the last post? It was this! The mud domes in the bottom of the frame that the flamingoes are sitting on are actually their nests. In each is a big, round, white egg just days away from hatching. Whilst the scene looks very peaceful, getting the shot involved some very frantic shuffling side to side in salt water with £30,000 worth of kit! A magical sight I feel very lucky to have witnessed. Big thanks to @stevewinterphoto and @natgeo.
@stevewinterphoto nails the shot as we film and photograph flamingos landing in front of the setting sun! On assignment for @natgeo on the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico last June. Photo by the awesome @rideintobirdland
Just before finding that monster of a manta ray in my last post. I was photographing the biggest fish in the world, the whale shark. Despite being a shark that can grow over 12m long (40ft) and
weigh over 20 tonnes, they don't have big teeth. Instead, they have about 3000 very very tiny teeth. Similarly to the baleen whales (e.g. humpbacks), they are filter feeders. Here you can see this huuuge individual sucking in a big mouthful of water to extract the plankton. This whale shark was part of the largest known aggregation of whale sharks on the planet off the coast of Mexico. Shot for @natgeo and @stevewinterphoto.
A 15,000 strong flamboyance (actual technical term!) of flamingoes on the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Thanks to these charismatic birds, a reserve was setup which now not only protects the flamingoes but a huge diversity of other species in this coastal area. Just like the big cats that Steve and I have been following, this is a great example of using a charismatic species to save the entire food chain in an area. This was filmed with special permission from the reserve authorities and we were under constant supervision from the amazing flamingo experts that monitor this colony. Shot for @stevewinterphoto and @natgeo.
A 12ft wide oceanic manta ray comes blasting out of the blue with an entourage of baitfish. Last July I was lucky enough to swim with these incredible creatures as they aggregated off the coast of the Yucatan peninsula, Mexico. The baitfish use the manta's enormous body as a shield from aerial predators, allowing them to feed safely near the surface. Shot for @natgeo and @stevewinterphoto.
The caiman bellyflop! After such a focussed, measured and intense stalk by this female jaguar, the final leap came as a bit of a surprise! Unfortunately for her and her two little cubs, she missed on this occasion. Stay tuned for our new jaguar show for @natgeowild premiering later this year. Shot for @stevewinterphoto and @natgeo.
Photo by @becky_kagan_schott. Hanging out with my stellar sea lion buddies back in February whilst shooting for a new multimedia project about the British Columbia coast for @natgeo. The funky blue face mask allowed me to chat underwater to camera and take direction from Becky and the team on the surface. @aqualungdivers@nauticamhousings
What do you do if you're a capybara and a jaguar is coming for you? JUUUUUUUMP! Caiman aren't the jaguar's only prey in the Pantanal, Brazil. The world's largest rodent, the capybara, is also near the top of the menu. But looking like a giant ginea pig, you might think they're sitting ducks. Far from it. Capybara are on constant alert and are never far from their emergency exit- the river. Whenever they sense danger, they let out a loud bark (to alert their family group) before launching in! Stay tuned for our new jaguar show for @natgeowild premiering later this year. Shot for @stevewinterphoto and @natgeo.
Meet scarface, a huge male jaguar who lives in Brazil’s northern Pantanal. He specialises in hunting caiman, South America’s equivalent of a crocodile. Just moments earlier, he had launched off the top of this river bank to kill this huuuuge caiman. Their power is totally mind blowing. To see the whole hunt, you’ll have to wait for our new jaguar show for @natgeowild premiering later this year. Shot for @stevewinterphoto and @natgeo.
That's a wrap! 5 weeks of getting rather chilly trying to film pesky mountain wildlife done. I'm going to miss my little blue camping chair- I spent about 300 hours sat in it! Big thanks to the awesome team. Shooting for the BBC's next landmark series #earthonlocation
We found a patch of unbelievably mossy trees. It just felt right to have an upright snooze. Shooting (not the trees, other things) for the BBC's next landmark series. #earthonlocation
Behind the scenes on @stevewinterphoto 's upcoming jaguar story for @natgeo and our new TV show for @natgeowild. When filming in the southern Pantanal with biologist Edu Fragoso and the team from @projetooncafari, we found the best way to film the jaguars was safari style from the back of our pickup truck!
A wild seven-banded armadillo wrestles with a palm nut. It's hard work paid off as eventually it broke into the nutritious core! Filmed in the southern Pantanal, Brazil, on assignment for @stevewinterphoto, @natgeo and @natgeowild. Follow Steve and I for news on our jaguar film coming soon!
Dreamy post-blizzard conditions here for some motion control timelapse with the @kesslercrane Second Shooter.
Getting some serious thigh burn in search of epic landscape shots!
Dreamy morning light! Time to crush some time lapses with @kiricashell1.
The Jabiru stork is South America's tallest flying bird standing up to 5ft. The Jabiru's wingspan is also huge but not quite the largest- that title belongs to the Andean Condor. The Jabiru's local name translates to mean the bird with the swollen neck! I filmed these individuals hunting for fish and amphibians along the rivers of the northern Pantanal, Brazil. Shot on assignment for @stevewinterphoto, @natgeo and @natgeowild.
Hyacinth macaws are the world's longest parrot (about 1m) and the heaviest flying parrot. New Zealand's Kakapo is heavier but can't get off the ground! I filmed this cheeky chappy feeding on palm nuts in the northern Pantanal, Brazil. Shot for @stevewinterphoto, @natgeo and @natgeowild. With @pantanalsafaris.
A female jaguar and her cub rest on a river bank after sunset in the Northern Pantanal, Brazil. This cub will stay with its mother until its about two years old. This area is home to some of the largest jaguars in the world. The biggest weighed nearly 150kg/330lbs! Shot for @natgeo, @natgeowild and @Stevewinterphoto. With @pantanalsafaris.
Pumped to be presenting for a cool new underwater project. Here's camerawoman @becky_kagan_schott and I surfacing into a winter wonderland after an epic dive in rather chilly water. These full facemasks allow us to have a chat underwater! Photo by @seaprooftv.
I've just heard our jaguar film for @natgeowild is nearly ready! @stevewinterphoto and I are stoked to share it! In the meantime, here's a female jaguar bolting after a capybara in the northern Pantanal, Brazil. This whole chase lasted less than 5 seconds but by shooting at 100 frames per second, it allowed us to see this jaguar's epic agility and laser focus throughout the hunt. Unfortunately she ended this hunt empty handed!
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