Wildlife Photography: the waiting game

Wildlife photography is generally a waiting game; many times we wait many hours for an animals to appear. We also wait for the best light, generally near dawn and dusk. When the animal does appear, we wait for the animal to turn or move to the best location.

Shown above is a Mountain Cottontail Rabbit from Yellowstone National Park. During a walk on the boardwalk at the Mammoth Hot Springs terraces, I noticed a rabbit quickly dart under the boardwalk. Rabbits usually rest during the day and come out to feed late in the day. Knowing the rabbit lived near the boardwalk, I laid in the snow for two consecutive days waiting for him. The first day I waited two hours, the second day I waited 90 minutes. I could see the rabbit under the boardwalk but he never came out to dine with me in the area.

I decided to give up shortly before dusk on the second day, figuring I would try again the next day. I returned to my car and to my surprise, another rabbit was in a clearing near my car. Carefully, I exited my car; setup my camera equipment and started photographing this new rabbit. Sometimes, patience is not repaid but luck shines down upon you. Such was the case this day.

I like this image because of the eye contact and because the characteristic “cottontail” is visible.

I hope you enjoy my work.

Photo credits: Moose Henderson.

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April 29, 2010


Very true.
One of the hallmarks of a good photographer is patience.

March 30, 2010


Nice shot John,,you lucky devil to be in yellowstone.Wildlife is a lot more scarce here in ireland,,,should have taken up fishing like everyone else,LOL.

March 29, 2010


Nice photo and your portfolio looks great also!Wish you many sales!

March 29, 2010


Interesting Note: A couple hours after posting this blog, someone purchased this image.

March 29, 2010


A great shot, love your work!

March 29, 2010


Very cute rabbit! =) I wish you many sales!

March 29, 2010


Lovely shot! Must be a pain to wait for the chance to have it! Good luck in sales. Cheers :)

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