February - Another shoot for Off The Fence/National Geographic on a series based around the coming of winter. A superbly timed trip to the Cairngorm National Park in Scotland had us arriving a day before the biggest dump of snow the area has seen all year. This helped with our task to capture stunning winter scenics along with stormy, blizzard condition sequences for the series.
January - Starting the year off in the freezing cold, -40 degree environment of Alaska filming for Off The Fence/National Geographic on a series based around the coming of winter and the effects this has on the natural world. It was a small team with just the director and I tasked with filming bald eagles and trumpet swans along various rivers in the frozen landscape. -40 degrees celsius is a new record for the coldest environment I've ever had the good fortune to work in. I'll expect I'll still be defrosting in June!
November - The final shoot for a series I have been working on which focuses on the natural world in Africa. This final trip was to the Sahara Desert to film Sand Vipers and the Atlas Mountains to film barbary macaques.
October - filming for Off The Fence/National Geographic in Ethiopia for a natural history production based on the wildlife of various countries in Africa. The 2nd trip to Ethiopia this year for two completely different series. During this trip we spent time in Awash National Park and managed to capture some great behaviour of Warthogs, Oryx and Hamadryas Baboons.
September - filming for Off The Fence/National Geographic in Washington State, USA for a specialist factual documentary based on the 1980 volcanic eruption of Mt St Helens.
August - filming for Off The Fence/National Geographic in Rwanda for a natural history production based on the wildlife of the Akagera National Park; Zebras, Giraffe, weaver birds and more.
July - filming for Off The Fence/BBC One on a variety of short, UK shoots for The One Show.
June - Mozambique and South Africa taking time off diving among the kelp forests of Cape Town and Manta Rays of Mozambique. During my time here I was fortunate/unfortunate enough to help film a dead juvenile humpback whale which had drowned after becoming entangled in octopus fishing traps. This led to the octopus fishery responsible to be closed down and octopus fishing to be banned in nationwide in South Africa. You can read about the story here.
May - continued filming for the Off The Fence/National Geographic series based on Re-wilding Europe, this time in Romania and Bulgaria. We filmed sequences of Pelicans in the Danube Delta and Taurus being released onto an island in Bulgaria as well as much more.
April - continued filming for the Off The Fence/National Geographic series based on Re-wilding Europe, this time in Greece and Italy. We filmed various re-wilding projects throughout both these countries.
March - continued filming for the Off The Fence/National Geographic series based on Re-wilding Europe, this time in Portugal. We spent our time filming the diverse landscape and wildlife of the Coa Vally.
February - worked as a drone pilot for Off The Fence/National Geographic on a short based on the Nespresso Coffee Farms in Ethiopia. You can watch the finished short here.
Januaray - filming for Off The Fence/National Geographic for an ongoing series based on Re-wilding Europe. We filmed a sequence of a skulk of arctic fox being released into the wild. It was a challenging shoot to film white arctic foxes running around on white snow, with white sky in a white blizzard at -25 degrees but we managed to carve out a good sequence despite the challenges.
June - filming for Off The Fence/National Geographic in Finland for a series based on the wildlife of the Arctic. For this shoot we spent much of our time in hides filming brown bears, wolves and wolverines.
November - filming for Off The Fence/National Geographic in far east Russia for a series based on the wildlife of Russia. I was the drone pilot for this shoot and managed to capture beautiful aerials of spotted seals, sika deer, wild boar, Lake Baikal and the Siberian Wilderness.
September - lucky enough to visit Kamchatka in far east Russia for an Off The Fence/National Geographic production to film the wildlife of Kamchatka and specifically bears catching salmon during the Salmon run. I was the drone pilot for this shoot and captured some exciting aerials of sea lions, orca, brown bears hunting salmon in rivers and the volcanic Kamchatka enviornment.
August - part of a memorable trip to Svalbard to be the drone pilot of an Off The Fence/National Geographic production based on the Arctic Circle. We set sail aboard MV Havsal and sailed the arctic waters north of Svalbard for 7 exciting days. Although drone flying this far north can and did cause lots of technical issues with the drone I still managed to capture some stunning aerials of huge bird cliffs, walrus colonies, glaciers, ice packs, polar bears and the Arctic habitat.