The bond between cheetah cubs is strong. In South Africa, I got to spend time with four different species of wild cats but cheetahs surprised me the most. Their early years of intense family structure followed by an immediate crash into solitude exemplifies just how harsh the natural world can be, even for a predator. I Love cats because they have such a reverence about them. They are deeply complex and intellectual creatures that dont need companionship, but embrace it when it feels right. I see no weakness with cats, and thats why we as humans idolize them. I hope in our celebration of them we can learn to live alongside them. 📸 for @natgeo@natgeowild
A yellow-throated toucan takes flight in Costa Rica. These striking avian characters use their beaks to feed (obviously), attract a mate and thermoregulate their body temperature. But beyond that their subtle makeup when looked at closely reveal that every detail down to the last feather is the perfect result of evolution's paintbrush. When I hear a toucans call piercing the Costa Rican airwaves, my attention spikes. When I see one, I'm in heaven.
This is an American crocodile hatchling that we filmed as part of our "Under the Lights" series for @natgeo We worked with @sicomonoresort to make sure the animals welfare was the highest priority, and then came the shots. With a biologist and vet on hand, we managed to produce 30 videos without harming any animals. Cheers to teamwork. Check out the link in my bio for the end product. Shot on @firstname.lastname@example.org#shotonred#shotongates
There is a phenomena occurring today that has gone unchanged for millions of years. Tens of thousands of Olive Ridley sea turtles come together on one beach in a mass nesting event known as the arribada (spanish for arrival). Exactly what brings them together and how they synchronize these numbers we still don't know, but scientist @vbezy believes it may have developed to overwhelm predators either in the water or on land. Imagine that...so much charismatic megafauna that turtles have to find strength in numbers. There are around 10 arribada beaches in the world, and this one in Costa Rica is home to the highest density of turtles. To witness this event is truly a marvel because it offers a slight glimpse of a time before humans and our effect on the planet. We live in a beautiful world. Shot on the @reddigitalcinema#costarica#puravida#shotonred
6K footage of a Costa Rican hourglass tree frog filmed on the @reddigitalcinema // These pint size beauties go into full display during the rainy season and light up the jungle with their mating calls. After doing the deed, you can see their eggs developing into tadpoles on low hanging leaves over small ponds. I haven't always been so into amphibians Im not going to lie, but being a wildlife filmmaker allows me a more intimate look into animals lives and when that happens, I always grow fond of them. 🎥 for @natgeo@natgeowild#wilduntamed
This is an 8K still frame from the @reddigitalcinema in the @gates.underwater housing of a Caribbean reef shark. I cant tell you how to the stars and back elated I am that I dont have to choose between photos or videos anymore. I was a solo videographer on this shoot so it helps to maximize content potential with the worlds greatest sensor. Also, the location and the animals help the quality of the content. Big thanks for taking us out @jim_abernethy to Tiger Beach in the Bahamas. #shotonred
Ive chased magnificent frigatebirds in 5 different countries over the past few years. With each encounter I was mesmerized by their presence, but never satisfied with a close-up photo. On a remote island in between Nicaragua and Costa Rica recently, I found myself awe-struck, trigger happy on the record button, surrounded by magnificent frigatebirds and totally covered in their droppings haha. Nature always reveals herself in the perfect way when she is ready. Don't force her, but pursue her. 8K still frame from the @reddigitalcinema of a male M.F. aka Man-of-War bird in flight while displaying his throat pouch.
A curios Caribbean reef shark flows into my frame and checks me out. Some people's greatest fear is to jump in the ocean and be surrounded by sharks, but I can guarantee you that fear would turn into fascination if they ever did. 📸 taken in Tiger Beach, Bahamas aboard @jim_abernethy Shear Water aka the floating luxury pad.