Wednesday, March 30, 2011

#44 Field Tip: Keep Your Distance

Can you find the Long-eared Owl in the picture above? This photo was intentionally taken from a distance of about 60 yards away.  It is especially important to keep a good distance away from owls and raptors this time of year, as they are focused on nesting and raising young.

Stay well away to avoid frightening or flushing them, which could have devastating effects on egg incubation or chick raising. Use a spotting scope or binoculars to view them from a safe distance.

If you wish to photograph wildlife, consider digiscoping - using a point-and-shoot camera with a scope. Or invest in a long camera lens (400mm).

Using a scope or long camera lens allows you to "bring" the subject closer and keep a safe distance away without disturbing the bird.
all photos © adrian binns

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