VIDEO: Inside a lion’s mouth

By Chris Bray 28 November 2013
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Arresting footage of a lion has been captured by a camera on a remote-control car, by photographer Chris Bray.

Credit: Chris Bray

Chris Bray is an AG Society Trustee and recipient of the AG Society’s Young Adventurer of the Year award (2004).

I’M VERY LUCKY IN that my job is to run photo safaris, which take me to all corners of the globe – the Galapagos, Patagonia, Tasmania, and Kenya where I was working with my partner in crime, Jess Taunton, in January.

While I’m out with my camera, one of my hobbies is to find interesting new ways to wrangle creative shots. I’ve been known to leave cameras set up next to trails or beside a kill to get prime wildlife close-ups. However, wild animals can be unpredictable and don’t always stay nicely in the frame.

So, during my last Kenya trip, I tried attaching a GoPro camera to a remote control car. Our ruse worked a treat, and in fact the movement of the car seemed to attract curious wildlife.

Although I considered protecting my cameras – which have occasionally been chomped – with a bit of pepper, the lions didn’t seem to see it as food, just an interesting object to mouth and play with.

We’re looking forward to returning to Kenya in September to try out some new ideas – perhaps we’ll mount the GoPro on a drone or helicopter above migrating herds.

Join Chris Bray’s safari to Patagonia in October and receive 10% off the expedition price (for AG members only). A portion of the profits go to the Australian Geographic Society.

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