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Never Disturb Wildlife

Tips to get the shot you want, without harming your subjects.

Wildlife photography can be challenging, and it's tempting to move closer for a better angle, or manipulate an animal's behavior. But not only does this chase animals away from their habitat, but it's often illegal. 

There are a few ways you can get a close up shot without disturbing your subject. 

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Invest In A Zoom Lens

If you have the money, the easiest way to get a better shot of a wild animal is to invest in a proper telephoto lens. These are definitely pricey, but allow you to carefully observe wildlife from a safe distance.

Be Patient

If, like me, you don't have a few thousand dollars sitting around - patience is key. Spend some time observing your subject and learn where they frequently visit. It also helps to research the ecology of your intended subject before leaving the house. This will help you to find yourself in the right place, at the right time.

Know the rules

In every country, there are rules in place to protect endangered species - including heavy fines for disturbing vulnerable species. It's crucial as a photographer that you understand these rules and respect them. For example, in the US it's illegal to approach within 50 yards of any seal or sea lion! Full NOAA Guidelines.

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And remember, a fed animal is a dead animal!

When you decide to feed a wild animal so that you can get a better photograph, the animal will associate humans with food - which is extremely dangerous.

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