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Kamloops photographer catches deer head butt action in the right moment

Image Credit: FACEBOOK/Lyn MacDonald
October 10, 2020 - 2:27 PM

A Kamloops photographer is sharing some wildlife photo tips after capturing an entertaining scene of two deer where one appears to be mid headbutt as the other jumps out of the way.

"I've always loved watching wildlife and their behaviours. At first I just wanted a shot then started watching for more interesting behavioural and action shots," said photographer Lyn MacDonald.

To get the perfect shot, it takes a lot of observation and participating in what an animal's next move might be, she said.

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"Part of it is learning habitats, food sources, migration, mating behaviours. It's definitely a process that doesn't happen overnight," she said, adding that sometimes it's luck, timing and the right camera setting. 

For the deer photo, she watched the two of them and anticipated the possible head butt as the young buck didn't have many options aside from leaping out of the way.

"(I) love it when a humorous shot just happens as I find it so entertaining to watch wildlife," she said.

For aspiring wildlife photographers she recommends that they research what the animal likes to eat and where it will live, depending on the season.

"I took a photography course but have learned mostly by making mistakes and doing things the hard way. I have a great partner who doesn't mind driving me around so I can take out the window shots. We learned the hard way to shut the vehicle off or you'll get vibration that will make the shot out of focus, but make sure you've got a good place to pull over, mostly just get out there and enjoy," she said.

MacDonald has been shooting for the past three or four years and adds that investing in a good 100-400 millimetre lens is also a good idea for capturing wildlife shots.


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