I grew up around the big cats of East Africa , and had already spent time filming Pumas in Chile and Snow Leopards in Pakistan, but nothing, nothing prepares you for your first tiger sighting. They are so much bigger than the biggest lion, so striking, and Kahna has to be one of the most enigmatic places to see them. When you are in a forest like this one in the early morning and peacocks are calling and Chittal are alarming, it is easy to get lost in Jungle Book fantasies and forget that this magnificent creatures are unlikely to be on our planet for much longer.
Adelie Penguins are the only animal I have ever come across who are the polar opposite of their anthropomorphized character. They are not funny, they are not cute, they don't dance, and none of them speak like Robin Williams. Instead , they are aggressive, vindictive , insane and vile birds who make their environment worse by aggregating in large numbers. But they are also the most impressive survivors and perfect examples of evolutionary design, and for that they deserve all the praise and protection we can give them. The even steal from each other
All wildlife filming involves sitting, waiting , watching. But there are few shoots that require more of this triumvirate than filming snow leopards. Between 2005- 2007 a team of us searched and sat, sat and waited, waited and watched for what amounted to about 30 hours in the presence of a snow leopard. The subsequent footage was described by David Attenborough as the " some of the best he has ever seen". We made an hour long documentary of the experience for the BBC /Animal Planet won best of festival at Missoula International Film Festival.
There is nowhere else on earth like Papua New Guinea. The culture, the geography, the primary forests all amount to a complete jewel in the Pacific. This man was on his way to a village meeting carrying a this symbolic totem stone with him the whole 5 km.
My job affords me some special privileges and on the best was being invited on board the HMS Endurance on one of its work programs supporting science around the Antarctic Peninsula. But all who go here have to first cross Drakes Passage, one of the roughest streches of open ocean on the planet. All I can say is I was thankful to be on a sturdy vessel. There are more images from this expedition here
As wildlife documentary makers, we are totally reliant on the knowledge and skills of the local people wherever we work. Din is the sage of snow leopard country - never known to use words unless it is absolutely neccesary, Din also had the incredible ability to maintain a steady walking pace throughout the mountains regardless of the incline, and despite his age he often arrived at the top of the pass first.
The culmination of 7 weeks of searching and a glorious moment for the whole team. The presence of this cub and her mother led to one of the seminal sequences of the BBC series Planet Earth , and another 2 years filming in this wonderful part of Pakistan. You can the resulting film here
Under the iconic face of the Matterhorn lies the Gorner glacier, pockmarked with the cavernous sink holes known as Moulins. I worked in amongst these ice caves with the Italian expedition team La Venta for 2 weeks. The knew how to put on an expedition, and more then insane any cavers I have ever met.
In many parts of Pakistan, the cinema posters are still hand painted by a team of artists working to a photo from the production - their craft is amazing, but sadly they are fast being replaced by digital printers.
I wish I had the foresight to take a photo through every windscreen I have looked through on my journeys to places unknown. This one pretty much captures the spirit for me.
Weather events often remind me how interconnected our planet is - this huge sandstorm over the Peloponnese brought red sand and skies in fro the Sahara and blanketed the island for 24 hours.
The communities throughout Sri Lanka really put their all into the their Perahera fesivals . They are as much an aural experience as a visual one, and I hope to add a multimedia piece to this website later on.
30 seconds away form being the first people to fly thought the Trango towers , from the back seat of a Pakistani military Llama helicopter whilst filming aerials of the breathtaking Karakoram Mountains in northern Pakistan for the BBC series Planet Earth. I had to remove my oxygen mask to get this shot.
I was fortunate to be invited abord HMS Endurance for one of their work periods on the Antarctic Peninsula in 2009. It was my first time in Antarctica, and you couldnt better having a large navy vessel and two lynx helicopters as your tour guides.
The Katmai Peninsula is the place of boyhood dreams- endless pristine wilderness of forests, coastlines and volcanoes , inhabited by bears, wolves, moose, lynx, otters and killer whales . At this point, i was heading in to live and work amongst the grizzlies for the next 6 weeks.