Discover Refuge Wildlife

  • Patient Photographer

    Wildlife Photography

     Wildlife Photography Tips
    • Be patient. Great wildlife shots take time. Find a place to sit and wait and the wildlife may come to you.
    • Do some research. If you understand the animal, plant or object you are trying to photograph it will be easier to find and photograph without disturbing its natural behavior.
    • Camouflage yourself. If you don't stick out like a sore thumb animals will be more relaxed.
    • Watch what is in your background. Distracting backgrounds can cause your subject to get lost in the photo.
    • Figure out the best lighting. Don’t take photos into the sun unless you are hoping for a silhouette. The hours just after dawn and before dusk tend to offer photographers the best lighting.
    • Invest in a telephoto lens.
    • Problems focusing? If your automatic focus isn’t working for you switch over to manual focus.
    • Take a lot of photos. If you have a continuous shooting option on your camera, use it.
    • Composition of your photograph is important. When photographing an animal remember the rule of thirds. If an animal is facing a certain way give them a little room on the head end so it does not look like they are walking or flying off of the photo.

  • A singing spring peeper


    • Don’t interfere with an animal’s natural behavior. Just observe. This behavior is what makes wildlife photography so much fun!

  • November Migration Sensation


    • Know when to find the wildlife. Each season brings new views. November is the time to see Tundra Swans on the move.

  • Year a round bald eagles soar


    • Don’t harass, make noises, or pursue an animal.This wastes its energy and interrupts its resting and feeding behaviors.