Rockhopper Penguins, Up Close: On Location | Hostile Planet

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Ever wondered
how wildlife crews managed to capture
the perfect shot right in the heart of the action? Check out the behind
the scenes to see the great lengths
that the crew went to to film "Hostile Planet." MATT RICHARDS: Rock
copper penguins live in cold, quiet
often brutal conditions. It's a pretty tough
location to get to. It's very remote. It's quite near Antarctica. We left about a month,
so it was a long trip. And so we really got
to spend a lot of time with those penguins. ANTHONY PYPER: The
best thing for us is to be noticed by the
species we're filming and get them completely
used to us being there so we're just part
of the furniture. MATT RICHARDS: We were filming
where the penguins were coming onto shore, essentially
it was a sort of boulder field. It's covered in a thin film of
guano, which is fine when it's dry but the second you get
any moisture it essentially becomes like walking on ice. PETE CAYLISS: It's sunset here
on New Islands in the Falklands and I've just been
waiting for penguins to return from the sea. The bit I'm actually trying
to film at the moment is where they explode from
the water onto the dry land. And to do this, I'm using
a high speed filming rig. I want to time it exactly right. And you get barely
any warning at all. [chirping] MATT RICHARDS: What's
on the agenda today? Today we are taking
the giant homemade crane right down to the penguins. It's just what we
call a pole cam, but a sort of enormous
version of that. Really, the whole
point of the crane is to have a camera at the
end and us as far as possible. So here's the business
end of the crane. So far it looks good,
so we'll give it a go. [music playing] Ultimately, we were
trying to capture how difficult it was for a
penguin to feed its chicks. We wanted to see how they coped
in really hostile conditions. And we got lucky because
we got the biggest storm in the Falklands that
they'd had for 30 years. It was pretty scary, actually. So the storm has kicked
in and the penguins are still coming in. Those 80 mile an hour winds,
the waves were getting bigger. Bit too windy for the drone? It's a bit windy. We didn't know how
far these waves were going to come up the shore. We were playing this fine
gambling game where you definitely wanted to be safe
but you wanted to try and get that immersive feel of
what it's like to be a penguin coming in a storm. The thing that really stands
out is how well these animals can cope with some of the
most hostile conditions you can imagine. Every time you come back from a
shift you have fresh admiration for these amazing animals. [music playing]


National Geographic · May 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

Wildlife crews go to great lengths to capture the perfect shot. What intrigues you the most about how they filmed these penguins?

enrique iglesias heartbeat · May 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

I've gotta watch this show….
I'm feeling so bad that I've not watched it yet

Haziel Alfanta · May 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

Amazing animals ❤️

DZ Malekvali · May 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

Only sometimes nat geo bullshits it's viewers…

Ruheel Bhat · May 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

Professional photographers

Rüdiger Hartmann · May 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

Great effort, great video and well presented! 👍👍👍

Maria da Luz Moutinho · May 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

Os pinguins de crista são tão engraçados ….são uns saltadores natos! Apesar do ambiente ainda conseguem sobressair neste ambiente adverso melhor que os humanos e são uns curiosos!! Quanto à preparação da produção do vídeo e um trabalho árduo e requer estratégias e material para nos darem o vídeo pronto com as peripécias e a vida de criaturas que admiro muito!!

rezargamer · May 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm


Moein Luxury Lifestyle · May 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

That penguin who escaped from the wave was very interesting . 🌊 ? 🐧

Руки Вверх! · May 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

Аргентина разрешила вам пребывать на их Мальвинских островах?!

Limitless 1 · May 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

Do you want to know how is it like to be a Penguin ?

Scanar · May 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

1:06 ZUCC

Bi6 NooB 343 Monge · May 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

Iwabee <3

Just4uAmnda Just4uAmnda · May 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

Go on with the behind scenes videos folks, really interesting.

Doris Del Valle · May 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

My respects for the guys doing this great job and share with us! Nature is amazing

Dibyendu Debnath · May 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

I love Penguins.🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧

Gauss24 · May 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

wish i was there

Sol Rsenayo · May 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm


nahuel cabj · May 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm


Hurbii · May 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

Or as Benedict would say: Pengwings

Rayan Agarm · May 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

Fresh admiration…
Filming with film..
No film aye

Chris cookies · May 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

Omfg they are so cute 🥰🤦‍♀️

Eliza Grogan · May 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

What an amazing video. I'm full of admiration for those who capture such great footage. To spend a month waiting for the Penguins to accept their presence takes stamina and patience. I don't know if I could do that.

Kerry Li · May 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

Thanks to these dedicated crews, we were able to see these adorable rockhopper penguins…

Tom tonka · May 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

God has made an array of animals for us to marvel at. I thank the team at NG for documenting them and bringing them to us. May the crew know that they are in my prayers and I have asked him to watch over them and their safe return. God bless.

Travel Game · May 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

he is more like me ….brother from another mother

Avery The Cuban-American · May 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

Falkland Islands
Here comes the triggered Argies. Cute penguins though. I want to visit soon

Florida Travel Video Footage · May 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

Just like to see the penguins walk, really cute.

visharad rawat · May 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

2:52 wheeeeeee

Córdova ,S William. · May 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

Amazing job NatGeo crew , nice view of the great outdoors
Peace and many blessing happy day🍀✌

Noirfifre Noirfifre · May 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

Aww, the lone penguin running away from the waves was too precious!

Olwydd · May 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

2:29 😊

Yiṣḥāq David · May 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

I need to stop eating meat.

Rancho The Dog · May 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

I envy them their jobs!😇

Axel · May 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

Islas Malvinas* ahre

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