Il rarissimo Gatto di Pallas è un cacciatore della tundra dell’altopiano tibetano, che vive a quasi 5.000 metri. Per sei ore ho avuto modo di fotografare tre cuccioli nei pressi di una tana, su un terreno gelato e ventoso. Giocavano del tutto indifferenti alla nostra presenza. E’ stata una delle più belle esperienze che ho vissuto a contatto con la vita selvaggia.
Pallas’s Cat is a high altitude pika-hunter of the Tibetan high plateau. A cat with an altitude! Actually almost 5.000 metres. This is one of the final pictures of a long series that took me over 6 hours to shoot, where I and a couple of other wildlife lovers slowly moved forward to these almost fully grown kittens (there were three of them!) near their burrow in the ground. We sat down on the frozen ground, at almost 5000 metres altitude, and waited until they sooner or later left the windy tundra and went back down again into their comfortable burrow. Every time the cats were down there, we all advanced a little bit closer. We then tried to sit very still, when they a short while later came back up again, continuing to play with each other and even test-stalking us and also some snowfinches nearby. Finally, they were completely relaxed about our presence and really didn’t care much about us. Spending this long session with these very relaxed and very charismatic cats/kittens is one of the strongest wildlife experiences I have ever had. But did I ever feel frozen, sitting on ice and facing hard wind in sub-zero temperatures? Yes Sir, very much so, in spite of triple layers of pants, woolen inner layers, heavy woolen socks, sturdy boots, a big down jacket and Arctic style gloves…
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Fotografo. Amministratore Delegato Wild Wonders International. Amministratore Delegato Wild Wonders della Cina. Senior Advisor Rewilding Europe. National Geographic Explorer. Ambasciatore di Nikon. Membro fondatore della International League of Conservation Photographers.
Photographer. Managing Director Wild Wonders International. Managing Director Wild Wonders of China. Senior Advisor Rewilding Europe. National Geographic Explorer. Nikon Ambassador. Founding Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers.