I have made up a pack of items that I always take with me. Serving in the military for most of my working
life many things like this have become second nature to me. But please give these factors due consideration,
it could save your life! Also keep in mind that some wildlife can be dangerous too! If you want to get the
best shots we also need to learn a bit about the behavior and habitat of our subjects, the chances of just being
lucky to stumble across wildlife are few and far between. It is important to be patient and plan properly.
Much can be learned from field guides: animal behavior patterns, their feeding habits, the time of day they
are active, or favorite watering holes and trails will reduce the chances of failure.

Most wildlife have far keener senses than us; they are timid and fast so we need to try and keep some distance
between us and will tolerate our presence if we donít appear threatening. Using clothing that blends in with the
terrain or building a shelter out of natural cover can often aid in getting closer to our subject. Once we are in
close enough, we need to proceed slowly to avoid frightening our subject(s) off. Be aware that reflections and
noise from the shutter or motor-drive may be enough to spook them! I usually use a dark cloth to wrap the
camera to reduce noise, and a lens hood will keep down reflections to a minimum. For serious work use a long
focal length lens (200-400 mm) to get clear visibility and to keep a safe distance. Getting good stability will
require the use of a good tripod and even more elaborate planning.