Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Night of the Lion

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Starts Nat Geo Wild, 13th September, 2010

Pierce through the darkness and encounter a hidden world previously unseen by human eyes in the premiere of Night of the Lion.

It is only once the sun has gone down beyond the horizon that the deadly lion truly comes to life, using scent and sound to stalk and kill its prey. But this night-time hunting routine has always been virtually impossible to capture on film - until now.

With the aid of new light-enhancing, heat-seeking technology, see how the starlight camera transforms pitch-black wilderness into an array of vibrant colours. Observe lions and their prey in crystal-clear detail as our team, at long last, gets the chance to properly study these untamed predators during their most active period. This film demonstrates not only how groundbreaking equipment can revolutionise wildlife programme making, but also the terrifying precision of the hunting lion after dark.

Kings of the Road - An Elephant Blockade

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An elephant mother stands her ground while we try to pass at BR Hills Nature Reserve, South India. I was filming with three very experienced Indian naturalists and they had never seen a tour-de-force of elephant stubbornness quite like this before...

Excerpt from my blog 16th July 2009:

"Only a few hours ago, whilst driving through the BR Hills reserve on the search for Tigers we encountered three elephants blocking our route. Two large females and a small calf. It was getting dark and we needed to pass. Rather than startle them we switched off the engine and waited... hopefully they would return to the forest and allow us to pass. But rather than oblige us they slowly moved in our direction, lazily browsing on the vegetation as they came closer and closer. They were either oblivious to our presence or considered us of no threat - we knew that this mutual understanding could all change in the blink of an eye. The tiny calf was sandwiched between the colossal flanks of the two adults and it seemed pretty carefree as it swung its trunk around, occasionally resting its head against the side of one of its guardians. It was a real privilege to see such intimacy. As they exchanged caresses, their trunks touching and stroking each other, they were gentle giants slowly plodding towards us. We were lost in the moment, observing this beautiful scene as these magnificent animals simply went about their daily lives." Read more.

Unfortunately this video contains no footage of the moment we were charged by the large female. We all froze and didn't record this terrifying moment. I did however manage to grab a single shot on my stills camera.

Friday, 20 August 2010

Mountain Gorilla

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Sunday August 22nd, 8pm

Patrick Stewart narrates the story of the world's last mountain gorillas, protected by a dedicated band of humans who watch and care for them.

View preview clips and read about the individual Gorillas on the BBC website.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Natural World: The Himalayas

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8 pm, BBC 2, 19th August 2010 &;
7:30 pm, BBC HD, 20th August 2010

 (photo copyright BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00tj7j)

The wildlife of the most stunning mountain range in the world, home to Snow leopards, Himalayan wolves and Tibetan bears. Snow leopards stalk their prey among the highest peaks. Concealed by snowfall, the chase is watched by Golden Eagles circling above. On the harsh plains of the Tibetan plateau live extraordinary bears and square-faced foxes hunting small rodents to survive. In this world of extremes, the Himalayas reveal not only snow-capped mountains and fascinating animals but also a vital lifeline for humanity.

Producer: Mark Fletcher
Series Producer: Steve Greenwood
Series Editor: Tim Martin

Saturday, 14 August 2010

'How to wet shave properly' - Wu-How (The Ninja Guide to Pretty Much Everything)

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More Wu-How shananigans from me and my Ninja Pals on BBC3.
View more on the BBC3 website and Wu-How blog.

'How to wet shave properly'

A clip from the Ninja 'How to' guide for those that need some fashion and styling advice.

Wu-How: A bunch of practical 'how to' tips to help you tackle tasks the ninja way, transforming you from beginner to expert in seconds.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

If you could have been the author of any book, what would it have been?

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Formspring Question from Wildlifephotogs: If you could have been the author of any book, what would it have been?
Purely for the financial incentives I would like to have authored the complete works of William Shakespeare, the English Dictionary or the Bible (but only if I could claim royalties). For sheer brilliance, wit and insight, I aspire to write like Bill Bryson - 'Walk in the Woods' with the necessary adventures to provide the stimulus, or 'A short History of nearly everything' for the wonderfully bizarre people and places he visited on his journey of discovery.

Anything by Richard Fortey would reflect a deep understanding of the history of the planet and of life on Earth, 'Trilobite, Eyewitness to Evolution', 'The Earth, an intimate history'. My love affair with the Natural History Museum in London compels me to wish that I could claim authorship of 'Dry Store room No.1' - the ultimate celebration of the peculiarities and the genius of the people I am privileged to have met and worked with there.

For a book which reflects a life of significance, achievement, modesty and charm I would love to have written 'Life on Air' which in turn would mean that I would have to be the legend and broadcaster that is Sir David Attenborough.

Failing all of that any edition of Viz sounds like it could be fun ;-)

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Join me and Ninja friends on BBC3 for Wu-How tips

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Watch on BBC3, 8:30pm. Friday 13th August.

In this episode of Wu-How I show you 'How to cook a gourmet meal at a festival'.
Tune in for more Wu-How Ninja tips from me and my pals on BBC3

This is the Ninja guide to pretty much everything. A bunch of practical 'how to' webisodes that help you complete day to day tasks the ninja way. These aren't patronising introductions but nuggets of wisdom that will transform you from beginner to expert in seconds. Your guide this time will be Domestic ninja, giving you juicy tips direct from the sacred ninja wisdom: Wu-how.

Natural World: Sea Otters - A Million Dollar Baby

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BBC2, Thursday 12th August 2010

The trials and tribulations of a sea otter pup growing up on the coast of California.

The Californian sea otter is one of the rarest, and possibly cutest animals in the world. So when a sea otter mum decides to have her pup amongst the yachts of a millionaires' marina, it is a unique event. The mum must teach her baby how to dodge the boats and find the food in this busy harbour. However, the arrival of a tough male sea otter signals disaster for the family. When mum is attacked, the poor pup is left on her own and must fight for survival.

Sea Otter mothers are very protective of their pups and rarely let them out of their sight. Here the mother enjoys a rare peaceful moment when the pup falls asleep on her belly (Copyright: BBC).

Thursday, 5 August 2010

TV Adverts Picture Quiz

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Source www.wiitalk.co.uk


Sunday, 1 August 2010

Natural World: Echo an Unforgettable Elephant

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BBC2, Thursday 5th August at 8.00pm.

A celebration of the life and legacy of Echo, the world's most famous elephant, who was born in 1945 and died in 2009, and who Natural World followed for the last 20 years of her life.

The timing of Echo's death could not be worse. The wise old matriarch had guided her family for half a century but the cruellest drought in living memory devastated her home under the shadow of Kilimanjaro. Will her 38-strong band of relatives and descendants overcome the loss of their leader, hunger and poachers to survive?

Presented by David Attenborough, editor Matt Meech, director Mike Birkhead and filmed by Martyn Colbeck. I wrote the music and Kate Gould is the solo cellist. Part of the BBC Natural World strand, series editor Tim Martin.

Echo on Wildlife Finder
Following on from the 4 stunning Natural Worlds filmed over the years of Echo's life - Wildlife Finder have launched a whole new section.  They've collated clips from all the programmes so you can now watch the best bits of Echo's personal story http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/characters/37