Another option is to use a teleconverter, on a 300mm lens, however keep in mind teleconverters are not compatible with all lenses and they reduce the light allowed to the sensor–meaning your shutter speed will suffer.
However, cropped bodies provide a HUGE advantage for telephoto lenses, which is what we need for bird photography. By choosing the Rebel T1i over the T2i or more expensive body, you save a few hundred dollars. You should be able to use the information given here to match your budget to what you want.
Being a novice to photography I have found the wildlife part 1 tutorial very helpful, but where do I find part 2. Get TrustedReviews' award-winning reviews, opinions and advice delivered to your inbox for free! Howler monkeys and other wildlife do not know the difference between natural vines and dangerous electrical wires. By touching the hot clamp, cables, fuse cutout, lightning arrestor, primary input (bushings), or secondary output (terminals and wires) on uninsulated power transformers. Our emergency response team of staff and volunteers have the experience and expertise to rescue wildlife from transformers and electrical wires with specialist equipment. Our founder, Brenda Bombard has 17 years experience rehabilitating howler monkeys and other wildlife that have suffered extreme burns, amputations and other injures from electrocution.
Refuge for Wildlife has an onsite veterinarian and a fully equipped wildlife clinic to care for the special needs of  electrocuted wildlife. Our Howler Nursery is specifically designed to help with the needs of orphaned infants and currently is home to 28 baby howler monkeys.
Our Stop the Shocks Committee of volunteers is dedicated to raising funds to purchase and install wildlife protection equipment – in the last year, Refuge for Wildlife has raised more than $15,000 for the Stop the Shocks Program. 100% of all donations to the Stop the Shocks Program is used to purchase and install wildlife protection equipment. A transformer, also known as a distribution transformer, lowers the voltage from the high voltage distribution lines to the amount needed by homes and businesses. All or some of the 6 standard transformer components will be exposed – Hot Clamp, Primary Inputs, Secondary Outputs, Lightning Arrestor, Cables and Fuse Cutout.
Uninsulated power transformers have many dangerous components and if any one of these areas (circled below) are touched by wildlife they will be badly electrocuted. The wildlife protection equipment used to insulate the transformer components is grey in color and made of silicone rubber. In Nosara, we have several different styles of transformers, some requiring more protection equipment than others. We also have several transformers that are only partially insulated which makes it more difficult to tell if a transformer is safe or not.
Want to learn more about the different components of a standard transformer and the equipment used to insulate it?
How do you purchase the wildlife protection equipment needed to make your transformer safe? Take 4 photographs – one of the pole number and 3 of the transformer from different angles (example photographs below).


Refuge for Wildlife will submit your photos to CFS Sistemas for a quote – this step might take several days.
A quote will be emailed to you, along with instructions on how to make a tax deductible donation to the Stop the Shocks program. The wildlife protection equipment will be ordered and shipped to Nosara from San Jose via the Alfaro bus. Refuge for Wildlife volunteers will pick up the equipment from Nosara town (or you can help with this).
Refuge for Wildlife will liaise with the Nosara ICE electrical team to agree on an installation date which, depending on the transformer location, can take up to 2-3 months. Check that wildlife protection equipment is still safely attached (sometimes components come loose in the wind or when animals continually travel on them). If you notice a piece of wildlife protection equipment has come loose, is damaged, or missing, call ICE and report the problem. Make sure trees are not touching wires which would make it easy for wildlife to reach uninsulated transformers. The Stop the Shocks Program is run by a committee of dedicated volunteers trying to tackle this huge problem. Set up a birdfeeder and a birdbath — even a squirrel feeder (but stay away from any tiger feeders), and photograph them from physically much closer and near your home.
There are advantages and differences in camera bodies, but in this case your lens is your primary concern. Cropped sensor bodies effectively increase the focal length (more zoom) on lenses because of differences in placement of the sensor and the lens in their design. It is a decent lens and is a good budget choice for regular usage (portraits, family, landscape etc) but will NOT be useful for wildlife photography. If at all possible, I would certainly recommend choosing one of the $1000 range lenses recommended here.
If you have any questions, comments, or would like to add your own opinions, please leave a comment. The voltage is high towards the top of the pole and gradually lowers towards the bottom, but all areas can, and usually are, fatal.
Make sure your photos are in focus and that you can easily see the entire transformer (use HDR mode or a flash if the sun is behind the transformer).
ICE installs this equipment free of charge and during their breaks and all power outages need to be approved and 2 weeks notice needs to be given to the community.
Look for uninsulated components and take the appropriate steps to insulate the transformer to make it safe for wildlife.
Always call ICE and ask them to trim the trees back from power lines and transformers near your home.
The average cost to insulate a household transformer ranges from $250-$550 USD with the average high voltage commercial transformer costing $950-$1500USD to insulate.
These sweet creatures are always confident and curious and are quickly ready for release in only a few short weeks. At this point in time, the only real competitors are Nikon and Canon for quality, variety, and value. For bird and critter photography with, say a 75-300mm zoom lens, you would almost always be 100% zoomed anyway.


For telephoto photography on a budget, I can only recommend cropped DSLR bodies for this reason. If you decide to go cheaper, I guarantee you will be frustrated and fighting with many blurry shots that are not quite zoomed in as much as you would like.
My weapon of choice is my trusty Pentax K-7, which is a good camera for wildlife photography thanks to its weatherproofed body and extremely quiet shutter action. A higher Mega-pixel resolution will allow you to do larger prints and more cropping, which is important. If you decide to purchase one of the products listed here from Amazon (which generally offers the cheapest prices), please click on the link in this article that will take you to Amazon.
A good telephoto or long zoom lens is obviously essential, preferably in the range of 300-500mm.The kind of super-fast zoom and telephoto lenses used by professionals cost many thousands of pounds, making them prohibitively expensive for most amateurs, but you should be able to get a basic 55-300mm zoom lens for your system for not much more than ?200. We need help with fundraising, education, monitoring, purchasing and organizing installation of wildlife protection equipment. Full frame DSLR bodies (such as the Canon 5D) are more expensive and generally provide noticeably more detail, even given the same Megapixel count. You may want to start with the cheap lens just to see if you enjoy spending time doing this and are willing to make the full investment. If you then purchase without closing your browser it will help support this site and more articles like this.
On an APS-C camera the crop factor makes the top end of these lenses equivalent to 450mm, plenty long enough for good wildlife shots. This is the second pelican that we've recused this week - the first one was killed by kids who threw coconuts at it. While they can't match the fast maximum aperture of professional equipment they are perfectly adequate in good light. You can spot them by the narrow depth of field and tell-tale ring-shaped bokeh of the foreground and background detail.While a DSLR is obviously the best choice you can get good wildlife photos with almost any type of digital camera. Sad!8 hours ago Comment on FacebookRefuge For Wildlife added 3 new photos.This anteater (tamandua) was brought to us by a caring employee of Harmony Hotel. Many superzoom cameras have focal lengths equivalent to over 400mm, and with image stabilisation and very high resolutions they can be surprisingly good for wildlife photography. They have the additional advantage of being much lighter and more portable than a DSLR kit, an important consideration when you may have to carry your gear several miles over open countryside.Owners of compact cameras can also get in on the action, thanks to a sub-category of wildlife photography known as “digiscoping”. They are powerful prismatic telescopes that look like one half of a big pair of binoculars, and are usually used on a tripod.
Both are recovering from severe injures and they have finally healed enough to leave the clinic and enjoy the fresh air in one of our outdoor enclosures. There are several mounts available that allow compact cameras to be attached to the spotting scope pointing into the eyepiece, effectively using the scope as a powerful telephoto lens. Finn is recovering from an amputated arm and tail and Gemma is recovering from an infected injury to her head from an attack.



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