Common wildlife photography mistakes (and how to avoid them)

Wildlife photographer with kingfisher sitting on his telephoto lens
There are plenty of pitfalls with wildlife photography - and not getting the subject in frame is one of the biggest! (Image credit: Getty Images)

Wildlife photography can be both challenging and rewarding, but it can also be frustrating. The genre is fraught with obstacles, many of which you can’t control. The perfect shot from your hide might be spoiled by an unexpected loud noise, or adverse weather conditions may send your subjects back home to their nest, where you’d also rather be. 

These things are largely out of our control, but there are many things that are within our control, and with some careful planning and diligence, you can avoid making simple errors. Here are some of the most common mistakes photographers make when shooting wildlife photography, along with tips on how to avoid them:

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