Monday, November 03, 2008
It's always great when crocodiles win awards. When a natural history programme featuring crocodiles wins an award, you know the toothy ones had a fairly significant role to play in it. Especially when the programme in question is Life in Cold Blood: Armoured Giants which just won the Golden Panda at the recent Wildscreen awards held in Bristol, UK. I like to think that our saltwater crocodiles had a part to play in winning, of course, as they featured in perhaps the most spectacular sequence in the programme - cooperative feeding on fish, which was filmed here in northern Australia. Being the scientific advisor for the crocodile half of the programme, I was able to persuade the BBC to bring Sir David Attenborough out to work with us on this crocodile sequence, because I knew exactly how spectacular it would be to get David and the crocs in shot. Working with David for a whole week was an experience we will never forget. This is someone who was responsible for getting me into a life of wildlife in the first place, and I felt this was a way of paying him back in some tiny way.