Barrie Britton

I grew up in Bristol and even at school I made my own amateur films about local wildlife, before going to study zoology at university.

I was awarded a trainee cameraman bursary at the BBC Natural History Unit. I have been fortunate to film for many of the BBC’s most prestigious wildlife series including: The Trials of Life, Planet Earth, Galapagos and Life.

my passion for filming birds meant that I also filmed the amazing Brazilian birdlife at every opportunity!
Barrie Britton

For the “Wild Brazil” series I had particular responsibility for the coati and giant otter character stories, though my passion for filming birds meant that I also filmed the amazing Brazilian birdlife at every opportunity!

I had a wonderful first week filming at the holt of a giant otter family with very young pups. It was amusing that the pups couldn’t swim very well and had to have swimming lessons. The week culminated in the incredible visit of a jaguar, attracted by the cries of the pups and much to the annoyance of the adult otters.

I was privileged to follow the lives of a family of coatis through the year. They had an amusing relationship with birds called caracaras which were unable to catch their own fish, but would try and steal those caught by the coatis. On catching a fish, a coati would make a mad dash for the protection of the nearest tree, hotly pursued by the ravenous caracaras.

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