There is something spectacularly attractive about wildlife and every time you come across a wild animal in the woods, you ought to feel something rashing you. If you are wildlife lover or a passionate photographer and want to observe wildlife, you’ll need to equip yourself with some basic skills to do it correctly.
It is very important to be at the right time at the right place if you want to observe wildlife. In simple terms, animals are blessed with great sense of smell and even the slightest of smell will make them aware of your presence. If you are packing for observing wildlife already, keep in mind the above given 5 tips and you will definitely see more wild animals than anyone would have in your circle.
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Today we introduce you to Lynne Newton – an avid PhotoBox fan, Somerset habitant and wildlife photographer.
As many of us know, there has been severe flooding in South-West England, and Lynne is involved in a charity auction to help raise money for those affected.
My name is Lynne Newton and I live in the stunning county of Somerset where I spend much of my time photographing wildlife and nature.
I have always had a passion for the countryside, but over the last seven years I have taken my love of nature a step further, by re-kindling a hobby from years gone by. If you can relate to these words, you may well be successful with wildlife photography and if not, then you will need buckets of luck!
1)     Look up your local Wildlife Trust and find out what creatures you have in your area. 3)     If you have a garden, start off there – you’ll be surprised at how many creatures are living under your nose when you take the time to look.
This picture won first prize in its category in the major Currys Our Lives photo competition in 2007. Summer months will give you no end of pleasure photographing butterflies, and you don’t have to go further than your back garden if you have the right flowering plants to attract them. Water voles are Somerset’s most protected wild mammal, due to the fact that numbers are dwindling due to habitat loss.
The short-tailed vole is a tiny little creature, and is the barn owl and kestrel’s favourite food. The otter is probably the most illusive of all British wildlife.  However, they are now present in every river in England, so chances of spotting them are increasing.
Once you have located these beautiful creatures, keep going back to the same location, find a quiet spot and keep watch. Here in Somerset we have lots of roe deer around the Somerset Levels, with red deer up around the Quantocks and on Exmoor.
Deer are great creatures to incorporate into a moody landscape picture outline, particularly in a silhouette. Wildlife Photography Tips: If you like to be outdoors, then photographing wildlife may be your calling. Exposure Guide offers various easy to understand tips and digital photography techniques to photographers of all levels. Wildlife photography is not a genre that the average person will have the opportunity to practice all the time. Have lots of patience – when dealing with wildlife photography, you have to posses the virtue of patience. You cannot dictate to Mother Nature – the weather conditions, geographical patterns, and habits of wild creatures are all uncontrollable elements that you will have to work with.
Opportunity knocks only but once – if you are carrying your camera, this means that you are prepared for anything. Bird talk can contain information about their behavior – birds are very intuitive animals. Eagle eyes are outdoor eyes – eagle eyes are, by definition, having keen eyes and the ability to observe more closely and pay attention to detail. A small wildlife friendly garden with food and shelterOur gardens play a vital role in providing food and shelter for a wide range of wildlife.
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Guests and clients celebrated the opening of a new showroom for luxury kitchen and furniture specialists Mowlem & Co in Albert Street, Harrogate at a drinks reception to mark the occasion. We were advised that the early bird gets the worm and most often as you pull into Glacier Bay early in the morning there are great whale sightings.
If you are cruising up to Anchorage you have a much greater chance of seeing them around town. Common birds include the Horned Puffin, Tufted Puffin, Arctic Tern, Black Legged Kittiwake, Surf Scoter, Pigeon Guillemot, Marbled Murrelet, Black Oyster Catcher and Common Murre. If you have a passion for wildlife, you must have had always tried to use different approaches to make your jungle trips successful. This will not just ensure that you get what you want, but also prevent you from potential risks. The interesting fact is that they will follow the scent, come near you and run away as soon as you will turn to them.
Lynne will be sharing some of her great wildlife photography and tips below, with a majority of the photos in her portfolio having been taken around the area of the Somerset Levels. Lynne is auctioning off her most famous photograph, ‘A Murmuration of Starlings’ at the auction, which will be taking place at Othery Village Hall, at the Somerset Levels on Friday 21st March 2014. Sadly, the Somerset Levels where most of my wildlife pictures are taken is suffering from flooding so extensive it’s hard to describe.
This will build up your confidence for your first field trip out into the big wide wild world! The Somerset Starling Roost is one of nature’s spectacles, which takes place every winter here in Somerset. If you get up early in the height of summer when the temperature is still low, you will find them motionless.  This is because they rely on the warmth of the sun to energise them. The above butterflies are nestled on Purple Loosestrife, a favourite of the Small Tortoiseshell butterfly.


Weasels are tiny and very quick, so I knew this was going to be a difficult image to capture. Look out for them around bird-tables, as they like to scavenge about on the ground beneath them to forage for anything that gets knocked off.
They spend a lot of their time hunting for voles and other creatures in the undergrowth, so they are likely to lead you to other animals to photograph. Late spring is a great time to look for them, as they love to feed in the fields of crops – so look out for them running between the furrows. You are also much more likely to get closer to them, as they tend to be much bolder than their country cousins.
We take your photographs, and print them onto books, calendars, posters and mugs (to name just a few!). Wild animals will not listen to direction, and they will not willingly pose or sit still until you get your shot.
Creatures in their natural habitat will be much harder to capture in an image since they can quickly hide behind bushes or just disappear in the dark shadows of foliage.
Most of the time, they give you distinct signals for the best opportunities to capture a moment you can miss at most times. If you use this trait to notice even the minute details that is oftentimes missed, you can get the ideal shots and capture the essence of wildlife.
The eyes of wild creatures can be very expressive and also fascinating to look at with all its myriad details. They are large enough for you to be able to distance yourself from them and have a better chance to observe them in their natural habitat and capture them unaware. Every garden regardless of size has the potential to be a mini nature reserve and as gardeners we can benefit greatly by increasing the diversity of species that live and visit the garden.Most creatures that venture into our garden are beneficial, but there are some we class as pests and if not controlled can do untold damage to our precious plants.
It is not uncommon to be sitting in Starbucks in Anchorage and have a moose walk through the parking lot.
Keep in mind that the thicker the bedding area is the better chances you have to see an animal coming back from its overnight feeding spree.
If possible, wear clean clothes, avoid putting any kind of smell and also make sure that the clothes you wear were washed in unscented detergent. Move with extreme care, keep watching your surroundings and move your head to observe things. You will need to study the different sounds from different animals and impact these many have on animals of different species.
This is due to many creatures having specific habitats that they rely on for their food source. These are Four-Spotted Chasers and in the morning you will also find them drenched in dew, making the subject even more interesting. This is a typical example of my motto “Passion, Patience, Perseverance” springing into action.  Several hours later, this was my result. I visited the same spot several times to try to establish what time of day is best to spot him, and to observe his habits.  I knew that water voles loved apples, so one day I took him a treat and within seconds, this shy little creature swam out from his hiding place in the vegetation and claimed his apple.
As you can see by the picture, they are inquisitive little rascals – so remember – perseverance! Cubs are always a bit more curious, and can be easier to photograph – this is actually a rural fox, taken here in Somerset. We also store photos, help you share them online, and come up with new ways of doing all things digital.
Since they can be very shy and skittish, you might end up with blurry shots as they abruptly move just as you are pressing the shutter-release button.
Instead of imposing your presence in an effort to get your shot, why not use these elements to your advantage by understanding how they work.
This will provide you with natural and realistic photos that capture a truly natural setting.
The secret is to strike a balance whereby the good guys out number the bad guys.This also applies to the way we garden.
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However, the community here is strong and residents along with volunteers from far and wide have been resilient and continue to fight on in a way that I cannot explain! For example, you may find that a particular butterfly will only survive on one specific plant to feed and lay its eggs on. They sometimes form weird and wonderful shapes in the sky before they descend; this is called a Murmuration, the collective noun for a large flock of starlings.
I come across them from time to time, but find them more difficult to locate at the same spot regularly.
You might not get adequate images first few times around but with large amounts of patience, you will have a better chance of getting great shots. The trick is to be familiar with the feeding habit of animals you want to see and be close to their water and feeding areas for much better view.
Usually your ears will spot a part of animal moving at a time such as tail wag, ear flickering or slight body movement. This plant may only be in flower for a few weeks, so it is important for the photographer to be aware of the short time that the species of butterfly will be around for.
After several thousand frames, I finally had the picture I was after – but this was only after several evenings of clicking the shutter. Wildlife photographing is not too difficult unless the photographer is knowledgeable especially in the field craft skills.
These are points of light that are reflected back to the camera and make the eyes appear alive and well.
The pay back is that once you have created this natural balance, birds, amphibians and other beneficial insects will help to reduce the harmful pests in the garden. Im not organic, but I now only use pesticides, especially insecticides, when absolutely necessary. Remember always that you are just a visitor in their territory so you must be aware of your surrounding because predators may attack you. This in turn attracts more birds, beetles, frogs and toads into the garden that eat many of the insect pests on our plants.Crocuses are an early source of nectarPlant a selection of nectar rich flowers to provide a food source for pollinating insects, butterflies and bees. Learn first the rules of it then break it.Having your repeated ways of capturing photos is bringing you such a low standard of photographs or such monotony in the eyes of people. Plants such as Echinacea, Verbena bonariensis, crocus, buddleia, Michaelmas daisies, chives, lavender, fennel and achillea are all good at attracting insects at various times of the year.


Discover something new in photographing wildlife to bring out the most of your skills and talent in wildlife photography.Avoid distraction In photographing wildlife animals, you should avoid distraction.
Many of these plants also have seed that is welcomed by seed-eating birds.If you have room, plant a tree or several trees in your garden to provide perches and nesting sites for birds. Of course, it can make the subject distracted by yourself or it can bring your life a danger (if you are photographing wild animals such as cheetah, leopards, etc.). Ornamental and fruit trees can both be used but ideally should also provide some food source too. Noisy bushes because of your movements as well as camera noises and flash of your camera can be a cause of distraction to the animals.Experiment with your own gearExperiment with your own gear is a must.
You should know the qualities of your own camera so you will be able to know its essentials, especially to the camera settings present on your own camera.Camera settings have a great effect in taking shot of your subject. Ornamental trees such as Rowan and crab apples have the added bonus of producing autumn fruits which provide a valuable food source.Plant a selection of shrubs and evergreens to provide shelter and nesting sites. Since it is wildlife photography, action-packed moments will be grasped by your eyes that will only last for a second and can’t easily be manage to capture by your camera. Adjust your aperture into wide and adjust also your shutter speed to freeze the action of the certain situation. Shrubs with berries include cotoneaster, pyracantha and mahonia, all of which are a valuable food source for birds and small mammals.Provide water in the garden. As much as possible, one should use a telephoto lens and a tripod to capture more clear actions.Aim for eye level For more interesting photos, aiming for the eye level of an animal is a great way. Dont stock a wildlife pond with fish but do plant a selection of native plants around it.Nesting boxes attract birds into your gardenFeed the birds with a high protein food to supplement the natural food in the garden.
It seems like you’re giving an actual confrontation of an animal to the people who look for the photo of it.Know your subjectConduct a research about your certain subject and be prepared.
This encourages the birds to visit the garden daily and once in the garden they will also forage for natural food including garden pests.Provide nesting boxes to encourage birds to breed in your garden.
If you are a photographer going to a safari to capture photos of wildlife animals, you should conduct an investigation about it.
A pair of Blue Tits feeding a brood of chicks will consume large amounts of caterpillars and aphids, so take advantage of these natural pest controllers.Insects, bees, hedgehogs, bats and frogs will also benefit from some artificial shelter and there is a wide range of bug hotels, hedgehog boxes and frog homes you can buy for your garden. Queries like what are the animals that can be found on that safari, what are the dangers zones on that place – something like that. Alternatively, you can make the shelters yourself the wildlife wont mind at all.Dont be in too much of a hurry to tidy all plants in the autumn. Studying the behaviour of your animal subject is a great notion also.It can make a big difference because you will know the right timing for the ultimately unsurpassed moment that you want to capture. Many perennials and ornamental grasses contain seeds that birds will feed on during the winter months.
Clumps of ornamental grass also provide shelter for many beetles and ladybirds over winter, so delay trimming back some plants until spring. Hang around safely in a few minutes and have your new target subject if the other one are failed to do the best moments you want.
It takes time to attract some types of birds and insects, but if you provide the correct habitat and food source for them, they will eventually come.Wildlife earn their keepCrab apples are a good source of food for wildlifeI love to see birds in the garden and many are the gardeners friend because they eat insect pests and weed seeds.
Well if you are tired of taking long trips just for photographing, you should conduct a research also. Blue tits and great tits eat vast amounts of caterpillars and aphids in spring and early summer.
Sometimes there are common wildlife animals that can be found in your backyard and region which can be vividly portrayed as an amazing subject.As many as possible Having as many animals as possible in one photo will be amusing. Song thrushes will help rid the garden of snails and starlings will feed on leatherjackets in the lawn.
Robins, wrens, blackbirds, finches will all do their bit to help in the garden and of course provide wonderful bird song.Bees and other insects help to pollinate fruit trees and other crops. Sometimes having two or more animals in every shots can give it more life and attractiveness. Lacewing larvae eat aphids, caterpillar eggs and thrips, ladybirds eat aphids, mites and soft bodied insects and their eggs and the young of hoverflies eat up to 100 aphids a day.
Ground beetles also do their bit, mainly at night when they come out to forage for slugs, caterpillars, root flies and larvae in the soil. Since natural light is used to make photos in their natural look, you should be awake earlier to take more shots. Avoid using of flash because it can made a distraction to your subject and can ruin your manage images.
Take note also that having a wrong lighting gives a bit of tricky moods to your photos because of your camera settings.Shoot more It is essential for the photographer to shot more, that’s why it doesn’t need a lot of complicated explanations about this. Having a lot of shots can give yourself a lot of choices on which are the best photo you had taken.
It will also aid you to poster what are things you need to improve more and the mistakes you made.Zoom in or zoom outThe telephoto lenses that are already said will be helpful in this tip. Of course, you can zoom in clearly the subject you want to capture even if you are very far from it. You can have a clear beautiful shot without getting too close to the subject for your own safety.Challenge also yourself to have a wider angle which can give the photo an exact environment where the photo had taken. It can give an idea to the people where is the habitat it came from which capable in every species you had. As a photographer, you should know when and where you will zoom in and zoom out or shoot wider and closer your camera. Also you should shoot with two eyes to have a field of vision with your subject.Patience together with enjoyment Being a wildlife photographer, you will need a lot of patience in having your subject on its golden moment. Patience to capture photos of your subject and being persistent to capture more is all you need. It is such a wonderful experience to capture wildlife animals and also to see their beautiful habitat.



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