If you enjoy being outside and watching the wonderful wildlife we have in this country, then nothing will give you more satisfaction than capturing those special moments with a camera. I have always enjoyed watching wildlife in and around my local area and since the recent technological advancements in digital photography anyone can now access the tools required to fulfil this hobby. Gone are the days when the majority of cameras and lenses cost a fortune. There are many entry level cameras that can capture the most wonderful images.
I started my photography journey using consumer level equipment. Only when I decided that this pastime was something I wanted to take seriousIy did I progress to the professional level equipment which now forms part of my daily work, but, of course, comes with a huge price tag! I now use large focal length prime lenses which are extremely heavy and generally require a sturdy tripod. Carrying a big 600mm prime lens, a pro level camera body and tripod is not easy, and consequently, the type of wildlife photography I undertake is very much project based with an end image clearly in mind. This type of photography isn’t for everyone, but the most important thing is that you enjoy it, spend time outside and you’ll find it so rewarding.
At the end of the day it's not the equipment that makes the photo, but the person behind the camera.
A word of warning
Wildlife photography can be extremely addictive! But it will also provide lasting memories which will stay with you forever. Some of my most memorable moments - photographing barn owls flying in the English countryside, or an otter family on the Isle of Mull - are things that I always take myself back to when the going gets tough. Photographing wildlife and generally being out in the fresh air can bring a tremendous sense of wellbeing and calm, and coming away with a photo record from your adventure is just the icing on the cake.