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Digital Wildlife Photography by John Barbara Gerlach

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Getting Close to Wildlife

 

 

Getting within excellent photography range of wildlife can vary from incredibly easy to virtually impossible. Your ability to approach closely depends on many factors. Some species like pine grosbeaks and chickadees are unafraid of humans. Hawks and eagles are usually skittish and quick to flee. Location matters a lot, too. Bald eagles are not easy to get close to in northern Michigan, but on the spit in Homer, AK, some individuals are as easy to approach as pigeons in a city park. Time of the year matters since many birds and mammals are easier to get close to in winter when they are focused on eating and staying warm. Naturally, many animals are easy to approach—not that you should—when they are nesting. Occasionally, ...

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