Filming nature documentaries is a singular pursuit–often terrible conditions, lots of things biting you, and lots of waiting for your subject to show up. And it doesn’t get much more challenging than tracking snow leopards in the Kashmir mountains. This is one of the most elusive cats on Earth, living in one of the most inhospitable environments on Earth.
So to capture a snow leopard for David Attenborough’s new series Planet Earth II, the crew had to combine patience, luck, and a whole lot of fancy tech. They deployed camera traps along the mountain passes, capturing (ever-so-briefly) their prize walking past. Eventually, they captured more than they could have ever hoped for using a camera loaded with a good-ol’ giant lens: the first sighting of snow leopards mating in the wild.
You can see it all above in glorious 360 degrees (click and drag to look around), from the pursuit to the payoff. And hey, bonus: nothing will bite you in the process. (This is the second of six behind-the-scenes 360-degree videos we’ll be publishing from the series. Check back in this thread for more as the BBC releases them.)