A male snowy owl hunting for lemmings during a blizzard on the coast of the Hudson Bay, Canada. I couldn’t feel my fingers or toes but this snowy owl looked totally unphased by the brutal conditions. Feathers evolved initially for insulation, not flight, so by trapping pockets of air in his plumage, he’s able to stay warm and focus on other tasks. Before this shoot I would have said hunting in a blizzard would be pointless for this owl as I thought its small rodent prey would be tucked up under the snow. Even if the lemmings were on the move underground, there’s no way the owl could hear them in this wind. However, occasionally we did see lemmings running around on top of the snow, presumably disorientated and lost. With the owls razor sharp eye sight, this would be a lemming’s last mistake. Shot for @natgeo ‘s Wild_Life Season 3. #owl#arctic#canada#wildlife#camera#cold#filmmaking
A drip falls from the nose of a male polar bear. Although this male still had a lot of growing to do, the largest male polar bears can weigh 750kg/1500lbs! This curious bear approached us from a distance and then laid down once close. After an hour or so of watching us it decided to move on down the coast. We’re excited to share more soon from the making of @natgeo ‘s Wild_Life Season 3!
I hope you’ve enjoyed the coverage of Wild_Life: Resurrection Island. If you haven’t watched it, please check out all the episodes at natgeo.com/wildlife. For now, I’ll give South Georgia posting a rest! It was a special project to be a part of and I feel really lucky to have worked alongside so many awesome people. In the field, adventure cameraman @spono, camera assistant @e.ranney, our boat Captain Kirsten Neuschafer and her team from Pelagic Expeditions. In post production, series producer Muriel Soenens, editors Raul Santos and Rosalina Merrihue, graphics animators Victor Rijo and Jordan Lister, executive producer Thalia Mavros and the rest of her extraordinary team @thefront in the USA, the amazing final finishing team from Films@59 in the UK, composers Miguel Torres and Julio Revilla in Spain. Finally, I owe a massive thank you to the Government of South Georgia and the British Antarctic Survey for giving us such incredible access to the island. If you’re after more Wild_Life, we’re already on expedition to doing just that. Stay tuned!
Behind the scenes on our 6 day sail in the South Atlantic Ocean to reach the island of South Georgia. For a fun little guided tour of the boat during this crossing search on Facebook “behind the scenes on wild_life resurrection island”.
Our fearless captain, Kirsten Neuschafer, guides our 50ft sailboat through a treacherous section of water between Bird Island and mainland South Georgia. Whether it was giant waves coming over the bow, the engine cutting out when the sails were down near to rocks or snowy sheathbills (a little white bird) pooing on the sails, nothing would faze her. Thanks Kerstin for keeping us safe! Pictured also in the frame is cameraman @spono and camera assistant @e.ranney who are also very cool humans. To see our adventure to South Georgia check out Episode 5 of Wild_Life: Resurrection Island at natgeo.com/wildlife.
Once factories of death, the abandoned whaling stations on the Island of South Georgia are now packed full of life. Fur seals, elephant seals and penguins, once hunted, now live amongst the ruins. This island is living proof that with protection and a lot of hard work, it is possible for wild places to come back from the brink. A big part of South Georgia’s resurrection is still missing though; watch this week’s episode of Wild_Life at Natgeo.com/wildlife to find out more!
Here’s a little tease Wild_Life: Resurrection Island, Episode 5. You can watch all 5 episodes now at natgeo.com/wildlife. This episode combines our adventure to the island with its fascinating history, and asks the big questions. From the era that spans Captain Cook’s discovery to the haunting whaling settlements, are we giving our wild places a second chance?
Drones are revolutionising the way we see the world. I couldn’t quite believe what I was seeing whilst flying at St Andrews Bay on South Georgia. Each one of these tiny dots on the beach is a king penguin. This beach is estimated to be home to over 400,000 king penguins. It’s hard to believe that in 1925, just 1,100 kings were counted here. This is what happens when environmental conditions are right and you protect a place. Hats off to the South Georgia Government and all the awesome NGOs that have contributed to this success story. This image was taken with special permission and a flight plan designed to ensure the penguins were not disturbed. If you plan to fly a drone around wildlife, please please do your research to make you’re not affecting your subject. Many species don’t show a behavioural change to drones but can still be under stress. Watch these penguins in action in Episode 4 of Wild_Life: Resurrection Island at natgeo.com/wildlife.
@spono and I filming Episode 4 of Wild_Life: Resurrection Island. The sensory overload of this beach is crazy. It’s unbelievable beautiful, stinky and you’re constantly bombarded with an auditory barrage of calling king penguins! Watch these penguins in action in Episode 4 of Wild_Life: Resurrection Island at natgeo.com/wildlife. Photo by @e.ranney
Argued to be the busiest beach in the world, St Andrews bay on South Georgia is home to over 400,000 king penguins. It’s hard to believe that in 1925, just 1,100 kings were counted here. This is what happens when environmental conditions are right and you protect a place. Hats off to the South Georgia Government and all the awesome NGOs that have contributed to this success story. Watch these penguins in action in Episode 4 of Wild_Life: Resurrection Island at natgeo.com/wildlife.