Sunday, August 10, 2014

Note on remote wildlife photography

One of the hobbies I enjoy is videoing & photographing wildlife in the wild setting. Preferably while I'm not there.

It really is an inexpensive & easy process. I'm looking for the unusual or rare and interactions devoid of human influence. I've been doing it for about 4 years often leaving the camera's and audio recorders out for weeks, even several months at a time.

Periodically I post images and video of what is captured after sifting through sometimes thousands of photographs and short videos to find interesting images and behaviours. Things that interest me at any rate like quolls, feral densities, mating behaviours and even the odd well contested wallaroo punch up.

Because I often get questions after these occasional social media offerings, and as I picked up a camera that had been out 2 months I'm reviewing, I thought I might get the jump on the two most commonly asked questions.

1. Equipment. Ltl Acorn camera. $130 eBay. There are better brands with much higher quality, settings and battery life which of course cost more and a Sony Notetaker. The audio recorder will run 5 days & nights non stop on highest quality. GPS. Essential. Or you'll never find your gear again.

2. Method. I took some intermittent video yesterday. Four minutes out of 5 hours. It's basically bushwalking with a purpose. I look for rocky ridge lines of gullies and remote water sources but you could hang one anywhere or manner likely to capture wildlife...

So if you don't mind gps-ing yourself to a pre-explored destination in the hope of interesting wildlife media it adds a bit of spice to an average bush walk.