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- If there’s something you want to do, constantly make yourself available. Luck has a funny way of rewarding effort.
- Sue Flood applied to the BBC network countless times before a window of opportunity appeared
- Failures are rarely zero-sum – keep pushing and keep being noticed
- “You make your own luck” – Sue Flood
- Be in the right place at the right time
- This is Sue’s strategy for capturing incurable scenes in nature; but, this advice transcends photography
- Sue has done some incredible research and photography on emperor penguins, killer whales, and more – continue reading for some fun nature facts!
- Sue Flood (@suefloodphotography) is a photographer and former BBC filmmaker with a passion for nature. She has contributed to wildlife series like Planet Earth & The Blue Planet and is the author of Emperor: The Perfect Penguin.
- Sue and Tim sit down for this conversation at a snow-structured table at a remote camp in the Weddle Sea down in Antarctica. This time of year, Antarctica experience 24 hours of daylight.
- Check out Sue’s website here
- Host: Tim Ferriss (@tferriss)
- “I’ve lived a life of five people” – Sue Flood
- Feels incredibly privileged to have always followed through with her childhood passion for wildlife
- There’s great fulfillment in simply pursuing what you want to do
- Sue applied for wildlife productions with the BBC network countless times before landing an opportunity
- She was the runner-up for a children’s TV show called The Really Wild Show
- The producer told her to keep in touch
- She did – one day she showed up on production, a researcher was a no-show so they offered her a three-day contract on the Wildlife on One (presented by David Attenborough)
- This was the beginning of her career at the BBC
- Lesson: If there’s something you want to do, constantly make yourself available, and luck will find its way to you eventually
- Sue was born with a hip problem and was told she would never be able to walk – she beat the odds using an experimental treatment
- Keeps the brace in her office as a reminder of how lucky she is
- David Attenborough’s communication and his fascination for life has been an inspiration to Sue throughout her entire life, even before she got to work with him on series like Planet Earth & The Blue Planet
- Sue got to read the acknowledgments of her book, Emperor: The Perfect Penguin, to David in person
Capturing the Impossible
- Sue has been a part of capturing footage of some incredibly rare events in nature:
- Polar bears hunting beluga whales
- Orcas strategically attacking grey whale calves
- It’s all about being in the right place at the right time
- Knowing the animals’ behavior patterns can help you capture the perfect moments
- Killer whales (Orcas) are incredibly smart and strategic animals
- When bluefin tuna leave the Mediterranean Bay after spawning, fishermen attempt to catch them. Orcas queue into the sound of the fisherman and steal the tuna off the lines.
- Orcas noticeably teach their calves how to hunt, strategies can even include drowning their prey
- Sometimes they will hunt grey whale calves just for the tongue, a delicacy of sorts
- There have been zero fatal attacks on humans by killer whales in the wild
- Emperor: The Perfect Penguin by Sue Flood
- Mainly photographs of Sue’s 14-year journey capturing the beauty of the Emperor Penguin
- A community of sailors from Wales settled in Patagonia, South America. They brought with them the words pen (meaning: head), and gwyn (meaning: white). There are still people that speak Welsh in Patagonia.
- Tobogganing is when penguins slide around on their bellies – walking isn’t too efficient, so this is a quicker alternative
- Penguin feet actually have special lipids that stop them from freezing
- Male emperor penguins incubate the eggs, keeping them at roughly 35 degrees
- Emperor Penguins can reach roughly four feet tall
- Frequently gifted book: Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez
- One of Tim’s favorite non-fiction books ever is Of Wolves and Men by Barry Lopez