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Dangers of Photographing Wildlife

 
TreeburnerCT
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Jan 11, 2018 09:58 |  #1

I've seen some instances where I'm amazed people haven't been killed doing stupid things to get a photo. We recently heard about a man killed by a raging bull elephant while trying to take a selfie with the angered animal. However, the danger is not always so obvious as was the case with this man killed by a beaver he was trying to photograph, so be sure to treat all animals with respect and keep your distance.

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Jan 11, 2018 11:05 |  #2

The biggest, most ever-present dangers are not animal attacks.

The biggest dangers are things like driving off the road because, whilst driving, you are looking into the bush for critters.

Or falling asleep at the wheel because you are driving all through the night to get to a far-away wildlife destination by sunrise.

Or spraining your ankle because you step off-balance on uneven ground, due to awkwardly carrying a tripod, camera, and 12 pound lens.

Or you break a leg because you were on a ladder that was not set on even ground, as you attempted to get up where the bird nest was to shoot the birds from eye level.

It is unfortunate that headline articles are not written about these REAL dangers of wildlife photography. . Instead, the writers write about things that barely ever happen, like animal attacks. . I suppose their job is to produce clickbait to increase readership, because more people will click on something to read about an elephant attack than will click on something that extolls the virtues of safe driving practices.

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Jan 11, 2018 12:20 |  #3

Biggest threat I have ever had looking for wildlife is peoples untrained, off leash dogs..




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Feb 09, 2018 20:11 as a reply to Sideshot's post |  #4

I would guess the most dangerous part of wildlife photography is the travel by automobile. Bush planes can be a little scary, too...




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Feb 09, 2018 20:17 |  #5

Sideshot wrote in post #18538734 (external link)
Biggest threat I have ever had looking for wildlife is peoples untrained, off leash dogs..

Totally - trained ones too.


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Feb 12, 2018 11:46 |  #6

Definitely the most dangerous part of wildlife photography is the driving, particularly late at night and early in the morning. I've never felt seriously threatened by an animal I was photographing, but I've nearly been killed by bad drivers several times while heading out or heading back.


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