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STICKY: How To: Wildlife Photography and staying hidden

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Apr 21, 2010 03:05 |  #106
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If you don't have camouflage or a particularly long lens, you can hide your approach using the foliage around you, something I learnt only last year

A tree helped me hide my approach so I could take photos of Egyptian goose (male and female)

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Oct 21, 2010 01:15 |  #107

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Great tips from everyone. I hunted for many years including bowhunting, so I am quite used to being close to wildlife. It saddens me to think of all the great shots I could have gotten if I was in to photography back then! That is the way it is though...Here are a few thoughts of mine to consider.

Using the vehicle as a cover- while this does probably work in areas where deer are used to seeing vehicles, it does not always work in a real world environment. I have watched deer's reactions to vehicles during hunting season and they are not good. Some deer will go WAY around the vehicle because they associate it with a predator (especially bucks).

When I am trying to stalk an animal, I use natural cover to block my outline. Move very slowly and walk in a way that there is always a tree or bush between you and what you are going towards. It takes a lot of patience to get close in the wild. This does not apply at places like nature centers and parks obviously.

Don't be afraid to just sit and wait-A lot of times animals scatter like crazy when you are running through the woods. I have found that if you just sit down and wait, they will come back. Patience can pay off in more ways then one. I like deer, but while waiting for deer to show up I often see a lot of squirrels and birds hanging out at close ranges. If you are careful to be still, you will probably be surrounded by wildlife.

Pop up blinds are excellent- If you know anything about turkeys, you will know that they often scatter at the slightest movement(in the wild). I have found that a pop-up blind works great to counteract this phenomena. With a popup blind in place, I have been surrounded by about 10 hen turkeys within 8-10 feet for a period of about an hour. The only reason they go scared off is because I moved to a different spot. I have also called in a 20+ pound tom within 10 feet. Missed the shot, however because the safety was on but that is another story in itself. Another benefit of the popup blind is that you can get away with moving around more and not wearing camo.

I am new to this forum, but, wanted to add a couple of things. Most hunters look too high for deer. I found more deer laying on the ground than standing while I am stalking. If you think you are moving too slow, then SLOW DOWN! Look at every bush or fallen logs as far ahead as you can. If it is during hunting season, then wear your orange vest or cap, A 140 grain 30.06 makes and terrible large hole on exit from your chest.

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Jan 08, 2012 19:53 |  #108

Birds get used to blinds in their neighborhood pretty fast. A couple years ago, I saw a kingfisher sitting at the top of a lone dead tree on the edge of a slough. Every time I went by, he was there but there was no way to get close. I brought my large blind along one day and set it up out in the open within range, and it took just a few minutes after flushing him and he was back at the top of the snag. This was the only way I have ever got a decent pic of a Belted Kingfisher. They are incredibly skittish.

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Mar 15, 2012 03:02 |  #109

First learn about your target, research. You have to know where to place the blind or where to go. once you're in the right area if you still are not getting action, try an attractor. simple home made. for example, a small piece of white cloth tied to braided fishing line so you can make the cloth wiggle and dance gently in your photo area. make sure it can be seen. animals are curious. deer, elk (to a point) antelope and a variety of birds are some of the animals this works with. Think about what you want. the result. build on success, dump failure. soon you'll have what you seek.

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Jul 22, 2013 03:13 |  #110

first of all do not wear colorful dress, then stay low and keep your eyes open. Try not to make a single sound. Move very slowly. These will help you to take good shoot.

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Jun 17, 2014 08:54 |  #111

jbdavies wrote in post #6484408 (external link)
So I looked through all three pages and noticed that every single topic was about lenses. Which is great and all, but if you want to really get that one shot... don't you need to stay hidden?

So, in this thread, list what you use to keep the wildlife unaware of your whereabouts. :)

Whether it's Scent-Lock Camouflage, a Hide, etc.

I personally don't have any... but I would love to get into this eventually. I just want to know what all of you Pro (or not) wildlife shooters use. ;)

If you imagine a sniper is out to get you and you have to stay hidden on the move that should focus your imagination ! :D

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Jun 17, 2014 16:14 as a reply to  @ Canon-Chas's post |  #112

I use a blind (hide) if i need to wait for them and I use a ghillie suit if I need to stalk the critter.

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Jun 20, 2014 09:33 |  #113

If you go out early mornings when the birds are hungry and looking for food, you will find that they pretty much just ignore you as they look for food. There are times I can't get the shot because they come to close. I usually wear black, gray, tan or camo shirt.

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Feb 20, 2018 09:33 |  #114

Sometimes I use a pop-up blind near my feeders and, when I'm sitting in it, I often wear a face covering of some sort. I believe that the flash of white/light colour coming from my face deep inside the blind can scare away the birds. I t seems to work for me but my white beard may be more conspicuous than the average face.

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Apr 26, 2018 14:11 |  #115

Great read,alot of cool stuff here thanks all.:-)

Hmm stay hidden. Often times i'm simply not,as there is nothing no cover to hide one'self in the middle of a field. Sure I'm using all the tools the guys above mention,camo (scent blocky stuff too),but wind direction is always evaluated. face covered hands covered.

On the subject of being stationary in a hide or other,be comfortable,get a cool light weight seat(for the brits, we use a low chair made by Kampa,small shoulder bag comes with it £20). If you are not comfortable you wont sit still,you'll fidget after a while and it could be hours, waiting.

I oft tackle our brown hare, there are times when my only option is a seen approach. If I blow it it is almost always down to me moving TOO fast !! i feel this is terribly relevent for all, leastways many many other forms of wild life image making. We humans are a predator we have to slow down or most wildlife runs from us . I think it's really important for us to realise how we maybe are seen by our chosen subject and to try to be as far from that as possible.

When I say move slow , what I'm trying to get over is that ponderously slow movement through a habitat, where no one(beast or bird knows you are there. It's tediously slow to us,I'm really trying to labour just how slow that is for the next guy

In some ways it's sort of a mind set......." I'm insignificant buddy I won't hurt ya" allows me to crawl up to hares again and again deer too. yet they are wild. I use all the camo,all the stalking techniques wind direction so important. I get wildlife used to shutter noise...............

,but above everything in me getting close is my movement and how i control that. Sometimes the most basic of things are the most important. We have everything to loose by moving TOO fast.

all the camo, all the hides in the world, won't hide one from THOSE senses;-)a if one moves abruptly

take care


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