Best wildlife photography locations – look for frozen water
When temperatures plummet, visit a pond or lake for classic shots of birds skating on ice. If the frozen surface is reflecting a great deal of light, your camera is likely to under-expose the picture and make it appear too dark.
Check the histogram on the rear LCD screen – if there’s no detail on the right of the graph, dial in some positive Exposure Compensation (press the button marked ‘+/-’ on your camera, and turn the main dial so that the indicator in the viewfinder moves to the ‘+’ end of the scale).
In addition to exploring your local patch, there are many managed nature reserves and sites that bring wildlife spectacles within reach of your lens.
Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust reserves here in the UK are a particularly good bet at this time of year, as impressive numbers of migrating swans, geese and ducks arrive from Europe. Other countries will have similar wildlife reserves that are open to the public.
The majority of these nine reserves have captive bird collections as well, allowing you to get close-up shots in relative comfort.
PAGE 1: How to shoot garden wildlife photography
PAGE 2: Best camera settings for garden wildlife photography
PAGE 3: How to set up a feeding station
PAGE 4: Choosing the right wildlife photography location
PAGE 5: Look for frozen water
PAGE 6: Getting the best results from long lenses
PAGE 7: Why you want to get close to animals
PAGE 8: Key techniques for getting close to wildlife
PAGE 9: How to set up a hide
PAGE 10: How to shoot from a car window
PAGE 11: Wildlife photography in iconic locations
PAGE 12: Don’t forget the basics of wildlife photography
PAGE 13: How to protect your gear