After buying his first movie camera at the age of 10, he started filming. By the age of 16 he had won numerous awards both in New Zealand and internationally. In the seventies Robert joined Television New Zealand and helped set up the precursor to NHNZ. He was offered a bursary to train at the BBC and was subsequently invited to work for the BBC Natural History Unit, where he was considered one of the world’s finest cameramen specialising in animal behaviour.
He filmed extensively for the BBC, in particular on Sir David Attenborough’s Trials of Life, The Living Planet and The Life of Birds.
He has also worked on numerous wildlife programmes for Discovery and National Geographic. As well as working as cameraman with Lloyd Spencer Davis on his award winning film “Meet the Real Penguins.” His specialist work has taken him to locations such as, the Arctic, Antarctic, Sub-Antarctic, India, South America, Siberia, United Kingdom, New Guinea, Sri Lanka and throughout the Pacific region.
Roberts’s success comes from his extensive knowledge of camerawork and his intimate understanding of animal behaviour…..he is always keen to get out of the classroom and into the field. He also acts as a consultant to students when making their films.