For a seabird, the macaroni penguin does a surprising amount of walking. For Episode 2 of Wild_Life: Resurrection Island I used this slider at the different stages of the penguin’s journey between the ocean and their cliff top nest. By using the slider to track alongside the penguin I wanted the viewer to feel like they’re on the climb with the penguin. Search ‘Behind The Shot’ on Facebook to see a short video of the slider in action! Photos by @spono. Also stoked that on Nat Geo WILD a one hour version of Wild_Life: Resurrection Island will premiere Thursday 25th October at 10pm EST in the US (other countries announced soon).
This was the moment I realised swimming with macaroni penguins maybe wasn’t such a good idea. We were trying to see how these penguins negotiate rocks and crashing waves to reach their chicks with food. Long story short, it turned out fine but I’m glad I’m not a penguin. Check out Episode 2 of Wild_Life: Resurrection Island at natgeo.com/wildlife.
In an incredible rare predatory event, an Antarctic fur seal hunts macaroni penguins on land on the Island of South Georgia in the South Atlantic Ocean. This was hard to watch but I felt it was an important part of the macaroni penguins’ life story. Giant waves, razor sharp rocks, mountain climbs and these seals (usually hunting these penguins in the water) are just a handful of the challenges these penguins must overcome on a daily basis. Only the toughest individuals survive to pass on their genes to the next generation. Brutal as this encounter was, there was an unexpected twist, watch this week’s episode of Wild_Life: Resurrection Island to find out what happened. Watch it at natgeo.com/wildlife
Here’s a little tease of Wild_Life: Resurrection Island, Episode 2. You can watch all 5 episodes now at natgeo.com/wildlife. Episode 2 follows the every day adventure of the macaroni penguin. What these little penguins lacks in size, they make up for in sass. These bright yellow crowned bundles of attitude face one of the toughest lives in the Antarctic. I jumped in the water with them to see how they negotiate razor sharp rocks and crashing waves to reach their chicks with food. We also managed to film an incredibly rare predatory event that shows how these penguins must use all their boldness to survive. In what turned out to be an emotional rollercoaster, did they stand-up to the predator or run?
King penguins on the island of South Georgia with the 'Pelagic', our 50ft sailboat home during the filming of Wild_Life: Resurrection Island. You can watch the whole series at natgeo.com/wildlife. Stay tuned across National Geographic's social media platforms for new behind the scenes videos every week for the next 5 weeks! If you’re wondering what the brown streak of water in the picture is, it’s essentially penguin poo being washed out via a river mouth from the massive colony here! #wildlife#filmmaking#boats#antarctica
An Antarctic Fur seal strikes a pose for me during the filming of @natgeo ‘s Wild_Life Season 2. National Geographic just released a fun behind the scenes video about the filming of Episode 1: Fur Seals. Search ‘behind the shot’ on Facebook to find it! Watch the full episode at natgeo.com/wildlife. Photo by @spono.
The series is launched! Happy #worldanimalday ! You can watch all 5 main episodes (8-9 minutes each) right now at natgeo.com/wildlife. These episodes will also be released on National Geographic Youtube and Facebook every Thursday for the next 5 weeks starting today. Also look out for the five 90 second behind the scenes episodes released every Friday on the same platforms. If you enjoy the series, please share it with your family and friends as this is what allows us to make more Wild_Life! Pictured is the opening to Episode 1: Fur seals. Ultimate cuteness and horrific brutality might seem like strange phrases to pair when describing one species, but this is the reality for the Antarctic fur seal. 500lbs /230kg bulls must fight to the death for breeding rights. Meanwhile, single mums struggle to raise their pups - surely the most adorable creatures on the planet. An era of brutal harvesting on the Island of South Georgia left fur seals virtually extinct at the start of the 20th century. Now protected, in a heart-warming conservation success story, there are now over 3 million! #wild_life#wildlife#filmmaking#seals#southgeorgia
One of the best parts about working on wildlife films is getting to work with really cool people. Meet the field team left to right @E.ranney (assistant camera), @spono (adventure camera) and myself (wildlife camera). Not pictured are the awesome boat crew from Pelagic Expeditions- big thanks to Captain Kirsten Neuschafer and her crew for keeping us alive! The series launches tomorrow 9am Eastern Standard Time at natgeo.com/wildlife!
ANNOUNCEMENT! In celebration of World Animal Day on October 4th, National Geographic is launching a new season of my series Wild_Life. You can watch it online this Thursday at natgeo.com/wildlife or on National Geographic Youtube and Facebook. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peak of what’s to come! You can watch this trailer bigger on my Instagram TV channel.
This is the face I pulled when I was up the mast of a little sailboat next to a very big glacier and the glacier decided to carve off a giant chunk of ice. Wave incoming! This also happens to be the face I’m pulling right now knowing that tomorrow I have a big/scary/exciting announcement to make! Stay tuned! #Wild_Life#Season2
A tiny Antarctic fur seal pup calls to its mother (swipe left to see the mother calling back) on the island of South Georgia in the South Atlantic Ocean. After giving birth, the females must regularly leave the pups on land whilst they go out on fishing trips for days at a time. Given that the breeding beaches are incredibly crowded, the females have a tough time relocating their pup after a fishing trip. The females are able to recognise the unique call and smell of their own pup so after a bit of shouting and then some sniffing, they’re reunited with their little one. Shot for a new @natgeo online series coming very very soon! Proud to have partnered with the British Antarctic Survey on this project. Expert guidance from their seal biologist Kieran Love made these seal shots possible.
A king penguin chick wrapped up warm in its unbelievably fluffy coat at St Andrews Bay, South Georgia Island. King penguin chicks take over a year to fledge so they must be capable of surviving the brutal Antarctic winter. Whilst this fluffy brown coat keeps them warm, they possess another key adaptation. During particularly bad years, winter food is so scarce that adults (one is pictured on the left) are forced to stay out at sea hunting for months on end. As a result, the chicks possess the ability to go without food for over 5 months! Shot for a new @natgeo online series coming soon.