… is normally of a regular nature. A lot of creatures feed early and late, avoiding the light and heat of the midday, and reducing the likelihood of predators finding them.  Using this information can guide the photographer in determining when they should be active too. Unfortunately this can be a bit anti-social – very early starts and missed evening dinners.

The rewards can be worth it tho’, with behaviour and scenes that would be unrepeatable during the rest of the day.

We have got used to seeing animals behave according to our whims, thanks to Zoos and reserves, where animals can be fed at our convenience rather than theirs. But if we want to take interesting images of wildlife, we need to dance to their tune.

I recently visited Richmond Park, where it has limited opening hours. However, a 7.30 start at the moment is equivalent to sunrise at the right time of year, and you won’t capture  many images before that time.  When I got there I saw 2 other photographers taking images of the deer. I followed a herd for the best part of 3 hours without seeing any more snappers.

Photographing Deer

Resting time at Richmond Park

I took a break at 10.30 (the herd moved along, and passed near the cafe – couldn’t resist a bacon sandwich!). When I returned, low and behold, lots of

photographers. The problem was, in that time, the sun had come out from behind the clouds, and the deer decided it was time for a rest. When they do this they lie down in thick undergrowth – not only difficult to find, but not providing the most exciting images.

So why take images like this…

When a couple of hours earlier, the same deer were posing?

Red Deer Stag Portrait

Red Deer Stag, Richmond Park

Tags: , , , , ,