alexbraczkowski

Alexander Braczkowski Jnr

SES Elodie Sandford Explorer. Big cat biologist πŸ†. PhD at University of Queensland. πŸ“· πŸŽ₯ of the cats I love. Currently in Durban 🌊🌴🐬

Pictures of this leopard female make me smile, because of how super duper relaxed she was! Her name is Marula and these are her two cubs - they live in the Timbavati Game Reserve! Did you know that about 40% of all leopard cub mortality in the first year of life is because of male leopards killing cubs (it's called infanticide). Female leopards mate with a few males to try cause uncertainty in who dad is (in case new males come in to her area). Leopards have fascinated me for nearly ten years and my surveys in East Africa this year will be some of the first there to assess the conservation status of the species! This was shot with @stevewinterphoto for his worldwide @natgeo leopard story which ran in December 2015. @ses -explore #leopard #leopardlove #lookingforleopards #inthefield #igscwildlife #nature_shooters #instawild #wildlifeaddicts #wildlifeshooters #bigcatsforlife #bigcat #spottedcat #pioneerwithpurpose #pioneerwithpurpose
Last week @stevewinterphoto and I filmed and photographed the world’s largest rhino orphanage. To keep rhinos safe @careforwild have employed a couple of canine friends! This is attack dog Jackson in action for the @careforwild K9 anti-poaching unit. The attack sequence you see was so fast that I had to film it at 100 FPS (that’s 3x slower than real life speed). Do you know this dog is such a bad ass that he can even jump out of a helicopter, strapped to his handler! This is what @careforwild uses to save rhinos on the ground! Follow Petronel and the @careforwild team to find out more about the incredible work they are doing for rhino conservation in South Africa. #canine #antipoaching #caninepower #rhinolovers #rhino #sanparks #careforwild #rhinoprotection #inthefield #igscwildlife #nature_shooters #wildlifeplanet #conservation #conservationphotography
Throwback to when I found myself waist deep in a river with 30 toque macaque monkeys. These guys live on the island of Sri-Lanka and are some of the most relaxed monkeys in water. The word "toque" refers to a hat worn in Europe in the 13th-16th centuries, and they were given the name because of their little fringes of hair which do look like little hats! Although these monkeys are found around Sri-Lanka (there are three sub-species), they have been classified as endangered on the IUCN Red List, mainly due to habitat loss across the island! These guys are so awesome they were the subjects of a recent @disneynature film called Monkey Kingdom. Shot with @stevewinterphoto and @kulu_safaris Visit @kulu_safaris and Yala National Park to catch a glimpse of these incredible monkeys! Try get to the Gem River in the park around mid-day when the sun is up and the leopards are resting in the thickets. Just remember to guard your lunch, these guys are feisty! #yala #srilanka #instagood #instawild #wildlifeaddicts #inthefield #throwbacktuesday #conservationphotography #wildlife #animalsofinstagram #monkeysofinstagram #lookingforleopards #instagramers
Half my time in Arizona was spent shooting aerials for @stevewinterphoto for his upcoming @natgeo jaguar story. These cats walk in Ponderosa and Apache pine forests, deserts with massive cactus trees and even in Oak woodlands. Here's me bringing back our @djiglobal Phantom 4 after an afternoon out. I'm already missing these mountains! Southern Arizona see you in a month! #jaguar #arizona #uarizona #usajaguars #bigcatsforlife #usa #conservationphotography #lookingforjaguars #seatosummitgear #cactusoutdoor @sesexplore @ses -explore #pioneerwithpurpose Photo credit: @peterjorgey
I filmed these cheetahs in the south Western grasslands of South Africa with @stevewinterphoto. We used a @djiglobal stabilized gimbal camera called an Osmo+. Cheetahs need adequate protection in national parks if they are to survive! There may be as few as 7100 individuals left! Visit @africanparks and the Endangered Wildlife Trust to find out more about cheetahs today! #instawild #instagood #wildlifeaddicts #cheetah #sesexplore @sesexplore #conservation #conservationphotography
Thank you to the @sesexplore and Sandford family for choosing me as the 2017 Elodie Sandford Explorer! More importantly thank you for choosing lions, leopards and hyenas! Your grant will help further lion research in East Africa, train a team of local scientists in camera trapping and lion counting and fund a new awesome film on carnivores in East Africa. @sallyreid you have been an awesome supporter and thank you for helping me! Thanks to my mates who made it for the night! @beckyvenis 😘 thanks to @stevewinterphoto and @bertiegregory for teaching my ass how to use a camera! #explore #conservation #conservationphotography #lion #lookingforlions #sesexplore @sesexplore @cactusoutdoor @seatosummitgear @reddigitalcinema @dji @navavision @leapfrog_terence @leathermanuk
These rhinos are so massive, they remind me of dinosaurs! It's crazy to think that in just the last 12 days, 23 of these beauties have been poached in my home province of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. I filmed these young rhino orphans with @stevewinterphoto today at the @careforwild rhino sanctuary, while they went on their afternoon strut! If there is an incredible project worth supporting it's that of Petronel and her rhino sanctuary. She's been saving and releasing rhinos for over a decade! Visit www.careforwild.co.za today to find out more about how you can help rhinos! #instawild #rhino #careforwild #rhinoceros #rhinopower #powerwoman #inthefield #instagood #wildlifeaddicts @ses -explore song: Odesza
I ran a time lapse of this incredible Buddha statue on the last night of my trip with @stevewinterphoto. The statue is built on one of Yala's mighty granite inselbergs, which literally erupts out of a massive patch of jungle 🌴🌴. There are few places in the world where you can see such incredible landmarks and where leopards walk on beaches. Visit @kulu_safaris today to experience the magic of Sri-Lanka. Shot while with @stevewinterphoto on his worldwide @natgeo leopard story (Dec 2015). #srilanka #lookingforleopards #instagood #instawild #junglelife #inthefield #instawild
Yo Instagram peeps! If anyone is in London, come join me and a crew of mates at the Explorer awards at the College of Surgeons tomorrow night! Wine, adventure and cool stories! Shoot me a message if you want to come - tickets are uber cheap and start at Β£10! #sesexplore #leathermanuk @kingsleyheath94 @cactusoutdoor @seatosummitgear
A servals first steps (more like gallops πŸ˜‚) to freedom! This cats mother was killed in a fire, but after a few months at Howick's Free Me rehab centre he got another shot at life! Captive re-introductions of wild cats are a long, hard road, with cats often not surviving due to competition with resident animals. Still awesome that Freeme gave this youngster a shot at freedom - let's hope he makes it! Shot by @alexbraczkowski and @mattmyhill13 for @earthtouch To learn more about these cats see our short film: https://tinyurl.com/ka5mr92 #freedom #instagood #instawild #wildlifeaddicts #smallcatsrule #inthefield song: big wild
Trying to figure out where jaguars cross from Mexico into the USA with @stevewinterphoto and @uarizona researchers for Steve's @natgeo jaguar story. In the two weeks we spent in southern Arizona, Steve and I shot aerials of this incredible landscape, set up his camera traps and learnt about the history of the cat that few people know lives in the states! Looking forward to our next adventure in 7 days! Shout out to Melanie Culver and Karla Vargas for the pics! #jaguar #natgeo #usajaguars #arizona #inthefield #bigcatsforlife
I've been filming @stevewinterphoto for his @natgeo jaguar story and here are a few shots from the journey to find jaguars in the USA! We've been working with the fantastic team from @uarizona who are studying jaguar genetics! Follow @stevewinterphoto and @natgeo to find out more about jaguars and other big cats today! @desertmuseum #usajaguars #bigcat #jaguar #seatosummitgear #cactusoutdoor #jeep #instagood #instawild #wildlifeaddicts
I’ve spent the last few days building camera traps for @stevewinterphoto and his @natgeo jaguar story! Steve uses some pretty advanced camera equipment and it often doesn’t work - my job is to make that happen! Here’s a clip of me putting together flashes, wireless transmitters, trip sensors and camera bodies and trying to make them work in sync. I’m not the best troubleshooter but if you’re putting together 10 of these you pick it up pretty quick! #troubleshooting #nowwerehavingfun #jaguars #winning #bigcatsforlife #nationalgeographic #nikon #seatosummitgear #cactusoutdoor #jeep #jaguar
Here's a bit of monkey love to kick off your week πŸ’ I filmed these Toque macaques while assisting @stevewinterphoto with his @natgeo leopard story (Dec 2015). Every day I would spend a few hours in Sri-Lanka's Gem river. This troop of macaques would dive bomb, swim and forage in the river daily and even investigated our @gopro Hero4+. Visit @kulu_safaris to see these guys in action! #srilanka #yala #monkeyingaround #monkeymonday #nowwerehavingfun #monkeylove #macaque #instagood #instawild #wildlifeaddicts #lookingforleopards
One of my favourite moments in Sri-Lanka. With about 10 minutes to get to the gate of Yala National Park's gate we bumped into a young cub with her mother. For a few short minutes these gorgeous girls put on an incredible show, playing, grooming and play fighting. I live for moments like these. @dinal_samarasinghe is about to lead one of Sri-Lanka's most important leopard density surveys and I look forward to filming his awesome project soon! Visit @kulu_safaris for incredible leopard sightings in the Gem of the Subcontinent! #leopardlove #amotherslove #inthefield #lookingforleopards #srilanka #yala #leopardisland #bigcatsforlife #bigcatpower
I'm currently assisting @stevewinterphoto for his @natgeo jaguar story. If you saw Steve's camera trap video of Sri-Lanka's incredible wildlife on Instagram, this is us taking a few of those traps down after running them for two months! Leopards, wild boar and sambar deer all hanging out on the beach in one of the country's most remote locations! Thanks to @kulu_safaris and @manjula2820 for all the help with this shoot! If you want to see all this incredible wildlife get a spot with @kulu_safaris today! #inthefield #instagood #instawild #lookingforleopards #nowwerehavingfun #conservationphotography #srilanka #bigcatsforlife #bigcatinitiative #cameratrap
Filming @stevewinterphoto for his upcoming @natgeo jaguar story in southern Arizona. Haven't had this much fun for ages and the mountains down here are some of the most scenic in the USA. Crazy to think the America's largest big cat continues to survive down in these remote mountains. #inthefield #arizona #learningeveryday #jaguarpower @cactusoutdoor @seatosummitgear @kingsleyheath94 @jeep_southafrica
Sloth bears are boss! You find these guys in parts of India and Sri-Lanka and man are they awesome 🐻🐻 I filmed this bear foraging in Yala National Park's block 1 section while assisting @stevewinterphoto on his worldwide leopard story. Thanks @manjula2820 and @kulu_safaris for helping us get these shots! Visit Sri-Lanka today to see some of the best wildlife in Asia! #srilanka #yala #bears #60fps #bearlove #ilovebears #inthefield #instawild #wildlifeaddicts #lovewildlife #nowwerehavingfun #kulu
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