Patience. Yes, photographers must possess many skills, but to me patience is one of a photographer’s most important skills. This is especially true for wildlife photographers. All this week I have been posting pictures of creepy crawly, slithering or flying critters, and in every case I had to have patience in order to get the shot I wanted. You can’t just run up to a snake on the ground or a moth on a tree and snap a shot. They will be gone before you even get close. You have to be stealthy, quiet and above all else, patient!
This photo was taken at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge outside of Titusville, Florida, an amazing location for lovers of wildlife photography. Its 140,000 acres provide habitat for a diversity of wildlife including: 330 species of birds, 117 fishes, 65 amphibians and reptiles, and 31 mammals. In addition, 15 species federally listed as threatened or endangered use the refuge. We walked though some sections of the refuge and drove through others and observed alligators and many species of birds that day that I had never seen before. It’s a beautiful place to visit and test your patience skills! I snapped this shot with the camera I had previous to my Canon Rebel, and it turned out amazingly well, but I would love to go back there with my DSLR and spend some more time capturing the amazing residents of this refuge, especially since my kids are older now and wouldn’t spend the whole time asking if it was time to leave yet! They, of course, didn’t have any patience at 9 and 12 years old. 🙂