David Chancellor

Mapping that jagged and bloody line where Man and Beast meet for @natgeo and others.


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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - this is a Nyala, one of my favourite, and without doubt one of the most beautiful antelope found in Southern Africa. It belongs to the bovid family and inhabits both dry savannahs and dense woodlands. It prefers areas that provide permanent supply of water and fresh grass. Habitat loss, lack of food (due to competition with domestic livestock) and viral diseases are major threats for their survival in the wild, however, they are currently thriving - this young guy is dozing gently on the camouflaged forest floor - young males are camouflaged by their colour pattern which resembles that of a female. This protects them from the aggressive behaviour of dominant male. Nyala, has its origins in the Ndebele name โ€˜inyalaโ€™ - in awe of magnificent nature as always ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ˜‰โค๏ธ #conservation #southafrica @thephotosociety @everydayextinction

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - bull elephant #II having a look at the guy in the funny hat, eastern cape, South Africa #southafrica #elephants @everydayextinction @thephotosociety @natgeo #conservation ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’šโค๏ธ

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - on my way to first light at Al Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem - on assignment @geomagazin @fujifilm_uk @nathan_xp1

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - nice to see the main man featured so nicely in the British Airways inflight magazine - thanks guys ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฟ - High Life on the BA 164 from Tel Aviv - Africa calling loudly ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ–คโค๏ธ๐Ÿ’š #davidattenborough #sirdavidattenborough @british_airways #highlife #africa @lewa_wildlife

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Photograph by David Chancellor - @chancellordavid - so there I am minding my own business (well thatโ€™s a relative term) following a rather spectacular orthodox gentleman through Jerusalem and I see out of the corner of my eye two hooded crows setting about a Negev tortoise ! Well as you can imagine, the gentleman was left to go on his merry way. Tortoise saved and relocated to the edge of the mount, irrigation piping excepted, he has the entire mountain to make his own ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฟโค๏ธnow where did that orthodox guy go ? ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ–ค on assignment for @geomagazin ably assisted by a Negev tortoise ๐Ÿ’š #perfectassistant @natgeo @thephotosociety @everydayextinction

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - the western wall, Jerusalem - so far from all I love in life, and yet life itself is right here to so many; and then I see the swallows and all seems so much softer at the wall - At play in April skies that spread their azure depths above my head, as onward to the woods I sped, I heard the swallow twitter; Oh, skater in the fields of air, On steely wings that sweep and dare, To gain these scenes thy only care, Nor fear the winds are bitter. On assignment @geomagazin

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - Ultra-Orthodox Jews walk through streets littered with propaganda on the day Israel goes to the ballot boxes - Meah Shearim, Jerusalem - There are 6.3 million Israeli voters, and the social, ethnic and religious groups to which they belong can be a key factor in deciding what they do on Election Day. Israelโ€™s religious Haredi population is over a million strong. Traditionally ultra-Orthodox Jews of European descent and those of Eastern descent have taken advice from their rabbis and voted for dedicated parties. However, more are now voting for mainstream parties, mostly those on the right. Among the key issues for them is the possibility of conscription to the military which will be debated in the next parliament. On assignment working with the Ultra-Orthodox of Jerusalem #israel @fujifilmx_uk @nathan_xp1

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - sunset, moon rise in the Swartberg Mountains, South Africa - problem is at this time of year when the sun sets the wind also rises - swipe left - oh and note to self take a tripod ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - wasnโ€™t exactly sure what was going to happen next - Eastern Cape, South Africa @natgeo @thephotosociety @everydayextinction #conservation #elephants #southafrica

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - a vetโ€™s team rushโ€™s to free a young giraffe caught in thick bush at the bottom of a ravine. Giraffe are extremely sensitive to tranquillisation due their unique anatomy and physiology. The position of the neck can lead to airway obstruction and cramping of neck muscles due to its enormous length, which can quickly result in suffocation, so here the team had to drag the sedated giraffe clear as quickly as possible and revive it. Youโ€™ll note the wildlife veterinarian; first to the animal as usual ๐Ÿ’š supporting the head to prevent this - From continued work with those who dedicate their lives to work with some of the planets extraordinary wildlife - @natgeo @thephotosociety @everydayextinction #southafrica #giraffe

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - a bull elephant is helped to its feet by rangers, Eastern Cape, South Africa - the preferred cause of action here was a standing sedation (Iโ€™ve talked about this technique in previous posts) however due to the size of this enormous bull elephant we eventually had to sedate the elephant in order to carry out the lancing of two cysts high on its shoulders, and an anti fence breaking procedure, which Iโ€™ll talk about in more detail in another post. This is without doubt one of the largest bulls Iโ€™ve ever seen. Heโ€™s relatively habituated and lives along side two other bulls which youโ€™ll see waiting and watching, along with a ranger, for him to return to the herd; heโ€™s the dominant male. All three elephants are managed via testosterone inhibitors, these prevent them from breeding. The side effect of this is that bull elephants increase enormously in size when testosterone production is inhibited. This makes them impressive, but very complex when veterinarian procedures are required. Itโ€™s necessary to manage elephants capacity to breed in order to protect ecosystems and accommodate them in smaller conservancyโ€™s where browse is limited. Once on his feet all three bulls charged towards each other, trumpeted, and then spent the next 30 mins gently exploring the body of the dominant bull with their trunks demonstrating the extraordinary bond that elephants have with each other. It was only once they were convinced that all was well with the dominant bull that they returned to feeding - continually in awe of the extraordinary work done by those who dedicate their lives to protecting the planets wildlife ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ - To see more on this subject, follow me here @chancellordavid @natgeo @thephotosociety @everydayextinction #southafrica #elephants #conservation

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - a large proportion of my time is spent working alongside wildlife veterinarians, they are often the interface between wildlife, and humans. To me they have an almost God like status; they decide who lives, and who dies. Life and death is always front of house in the theatre that is their daily life. They are extraordinarily talented kind and generous of both their time and their information. Iโ€™m humbled to call many of them my friends. On this morning we are called to a white lion that has escaped from a conservancy in the eastern cape, South Africa. Itโ€™s a huge and forbidding landscape. As in the majority of SA itโ€™s fenced at some point. The important thing here is to get the wild lion back before it kills cattle, or worse still. This is a short story of its capture and return. The delicate cocktail of tranquillisers used allowed us to transport it across the back seats of the helicopter, the size of the enormous male lion made it impossible to get both feet, and head into the aircraft. My apologies for the flapping gums. As we continue to encroach upon wildlife habitat we will need to rely increasingly upon the skill and expertise of vets and ecologists as we attempt to balance ecosystems where our input was not previously required, or desired. @natgeo @thephotosociety #lion #conservation #southafrica ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ’šโค๏ธ

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