The ethical nature photograher

The thing I consider most important is the well being of the animals and birds that I’m photographing.

This means that I strive to put animals and their habitats before my own ambition as a nature photographer.

It’s easy for a nature photographer to want the ‘perfect shot’ and overstep the mark and it can be difficult to judge where to draw the line.

Wild animals and birds are individuals and all behave differently, sometimes an animal may look unconcerned by the photographer and be happy to sit and pose.

But go too close and the animal will run, or sometimes (with larger mammals) attack you.

Frightening birds or animals is never a good thing as it causes them stress and may lead to injury, or worse

Here are a few of the basic rules, I follow.

  • Avoid causing unnecessary stress to animals and birds.
  • Use a zoom lens and stay far enough away to allow your subject to behave naturally.
  • Never walk towards a bird or animal with the intention of making it fly or run away.
  • If your subject changes it’s stance and looks like it’s about to run or fly away then you are probably too close.
  • Please be respectful of your surroundings. and avoid trampling vegetation or disturbing wildlife.
  • Never leave behind litter.
  • Show respect for private and public property.
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