Promo with Tim Laman, National Geographic Photographer.
Reptilian Battleground Croc Munches Hatchlings
Clip from Crocdile
at the location to
shoot the crocs feeding on fish with infra
red lights and camera at night only and sleeping days. However,
realising that there were 2 high tides each day, one at night and one
12 hrs later during the day, I went down to the site. To my surprise
there were a couple of large crocs still hanging around and it was very
quiet. So I tucked myself and the camera into the bushes and
As the water started to flow the fish became active and then the crocs
started to hunt. Magic happens, it was shot at 150fr/sec on an SRII HS,
on only 2 rolls of film from memory. It was all over in just a few
minutes. Right time, right place and it certainly beat sleeping
this sequence ticked a box for me.
had harboured a desire for years to film platypus well. It was
my hope to get a camera inside a platypus burrow and show a baby in the
nest. It was a chance to see something that
no-one had ever seen before and it was a great thrill. Platypus are
amazing animals, intellegent, smart and when happy and relaxed
increadably interactive which was a suprise to me.
The Puff Adder typically is
hunter, sitting in wait for a meal to pass in striking range. Here
caught in the early morning sunning itself up on a rocky escarpment in
South Africa. It is reported to be responsible for
more deaths than any other African snake, they are highly dangerous
This clutch of hatchling
crocodiles are in the South Alligator River, Kakadu National Park. We
found them in the middle of the night and used infra red lights and
camera to record their feeding behaviour. However to our surprise
when dawn came they were used to us being close by and they just kept
feeding as the tide came in. So we kept filming. You
can see their antics chasing mud-skippers and crabs in the film,
Crocodile King. One
thing to remember that cute as they are, their mum is close by,
watching and very, very protective.
spectacular lighting storm at Matarnaka NT. This bolt is classified
as a bobby dazzler.
Last of the Great
Apes, the first evening at the very first location. Lola
La Bonobo, arrived to late to fillm but had just enough time for a
quick recce to see what the options were. It was my first moment
with Great Apes, a Bonobo mother playing with her son. I feel anyone
can relate to a moment like this. ( I can still hear the laughter)
River NT, a most spectacular storm. Amazing second anvil with the
first higher and wispy behind. A funny afternoon (don't mention
umbrellas) where we raced back to the boat ramp to try and beat the
storm. Our timing was perfect, boat back on the trailer, camera gear
in the truck, slam the back door and the heavens opened. Timing is
everything, eh Bunitj.
that remains of a saltwater crocodile whose luck ran out. When your
billabong dries up and the mud goes rock hard you have no choice but
to try and find water. If the distance is too far and the sun too hot
the outcome is inevitable. The flies and maggots clean up quickly
leaving only bones, stones and teeth.
Spotted Pardalote is a fairly common local bird here. They are small
and very quick which makes them hard to get a look at. Most people put
them in with the LBJ's ( little brown jobs) as they are hard to see in
detail. This one is sitting just outside its burrow entrance and paused
just long enough to get this shot. Thanks Ewan.
Yellow Eyed Penguin is considered to be the rarest penguin in the
world. Fortunately it is not shy but that may be its downfall. As
penguins go they are have great charisma and are real characters.
Christmas Island Red
Crab female with eggs. Photo taken
just after dawn, she missed the previous nights spawning and is on her
way back to the cliff face where she will wait and then spawn on the
following night. I feel the annual Red Crab migration on Christmas
Island rates as one of the greatest wildlife events on the planet.