Pure magic….. That is what a great wildlife image truly is. As I sat in the blind waiting on the buck deer to appear, I thought to myself. A great wildlife photo is truly magic.
There is so much that goes into capturing great photos of wildlife, and I want to share with you some of those amazing aspects.
The first most important things that you need to know is animal behavior. You need to know your subject. You need to spend time with them. Knowing them could mean the difference in getting the shot, or watching the golden hour pass you by. You need to know the behavior of your subject such as this deer in my case today.
Last fall I sat and waited for this buck deer for over two hours. I had seen a doe come out and run up the trail toward me. I thought with any luck, there may be a buck deer to follow shortly behind her.
And sure enough, here he came. He came right up the same trail that she just traveled. That is something that one should know. If I had not known how the White Tail buck deer behaved during rutting season, then I might have just gave up and went to another spot.
Patience is also another important trait you need to have in photographing wildlife. Without it, you will never be successful.
Knowing that there might be a buck deer come out behind her made me stay and wait.
This little eight point just took his sweet time coming towards me. I was holding my breath in hopes that he would come close enough to get some fantastic shots, and he did.
Knowing what your subject is feeding on, where they stay during the day and their movements at certain times of the day, will help you to get a chance at that great shot.
Animal behavior can sometimes be unpredictable, but it can give you a great advantage if you know just a little bit about your subject ahead of time.