This subject can be exciting, have an element of danger and be very time consuming but, if done right, can also be very rewarding. To be in the right place at the right time and under the perfect circumstances will mean a priceless group of pictures of wild animals.The first thing that must be said is use caution! We have to remember above all else that these critters are wild animals, no matter how beautiful that fox is or how cuddly that baby bear looks. They do get very cranky when they discover us in their world. But if you are careful, quiet and patient, you can get the shot.While hiking through your favorite trail, keep an eye and an ear at full alert. The tiniest movement must be checked out quietly because it could be the perfect opportunity for the wildlife picture you have been dreaming of. I sometimes pick a spot that has lots of animal tracks and rustled leaves to sit and watch for awhile. I hide a short distance away and sit quietly, waiting to see just which critter has been there. It does not take long before you are suddenly in luck.In preparation for your wildlife picture taking frenzy, here are a few things to consider:
You will want to get your camera and maybe even your tripod out and ready for the critter.
Make sure you have the zoom lens ready in case you need it. You do not want to be moving around a lot when the critter is visible.
Check your lighting and where you will need to be for the perfect backdrop.
You will not want to sit in the woods with a thermos of your favorite coffee. These critters have a keen sense of smell and will spot you before you even get that thermos out of your backpack.
When I take pictures of wild animals, I try to catch them in their element. It is easy to take pictures of them while they are running up the path but a great picture is evident when you are taking the photograph with them in their hidden world. Also, I try to capture their eyes.It is best when you can get this shot when they do not know you are there because they are relaxed and going about their own business. If they see you, you will capture that wild, frightened look that is not always what you want. With a little patience and a little luck, these tips will bring you a memorable experience and a treasured collection of wild life photos.