Wild Deer 1 – Photographer 0 | Crazy Wildlife Encounters

Inspiration June 27th 2013 4:24 PM No Comments

Sometimes you just get in one of those crazy situations where you find yourself in a situation as a wildlife photographer that you just can’t pass up. That is what happened to one photographer in the UK, who happened upon a wild deer just hanging out on the side of the road eating some grass.

I could spend a few more words trying to explain what happened but you should just watch the video for full effect. Check below the video for some Wildlife Photographer Safety tips, since apparently they are not common sense…

Ok, so now that you have seen the video and the aftermath lets talk about some safety tips to avoid damage to your gear, and more importantly damage to you.

  • Use your Zoom Lenses, You should never be so close to a wild animal that you don’t have time to react before it reaches you (if it decides to be aggressive). 
  • If at all possible, photograph wild animals without them knowing you are there. This prevents them from ever getting the thought of causing you or your gear harm.
  • Bring pepper spray or other defensive sprays to defend yourself if attacked
  • Have a phone or radio handy so that you can call for help if needed. Its easy to be out in the middle of nowhere when photographing wildlife, so if by chance you are severely injured have a plan to get help.

What are your thoughts on the video? Would you have gotten that close to the Deer? Let us know in a comment below. 

Anthony Thurston


Anthony Thurston is a portrait and sports photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area as well as a senior writer here at SLR Lounge. You can check out some of his work on his Website. You may also connect with him via Email, Google Plus, or Facebook.


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