3 Things You Must Consider Before Shooting Photos At Your Local Zoo

Many of us want to take pictures of lions, tigers, bears, and other small furry creatures without the expense of a trip to Alaska or the dangers of a photo safari in Africa. In order to do this many of us turn to our local zoos which will allow us to take as many photos as we want from the safety of the sidewalk. However there are many things to hinder us from getting those awesome shots like you would see on safari, from weird feeding times to those pesky fences allot stands in the way of us capturing that award winning shot; however, with the right preparation and equipment much of this can be overcome.

Equipment:

First of all I recommend that you get a DSLR camera, no it doesn’t have to be a top of the line camera but it needs to have at least 8 megapixels. You are going to want to get a wide angle lens probably in the range of 15-35mm and a telephoto lens (probably around 35-300mm.) If you are strapped for cash I have always been able to find an awesome deal on used cameras/lenses on ebay. As far as lenses are go you want one that has an image stabilizer built in, this way if you aren’t able to use a tripod then you are more likely to take sharp photos.

Also, I recommend a lightweight tripod. Keep in mind that you are going to be walking around quite a bit so you want something that is going to be isn’t heave. Sunpak makes an awesome carbon fiber tripod that is well suited for this, but you can also find a cheap one in any of the big box stores. Many times, if I feel a monpod is better suited to my needs I’ll take one leg of my tripod, extend and lock it and use that. This cuts down on the amount of items I have to carry around.

Don’t forget the walking shoes. You are definitely going to want a comfortable pair of shoes because you are going to be moving around quite a bit.

Planning:

Zoo photography is as much about planning as any other shoot and during your preparation you are going to want to find out when their feeding time is. This means you may have to call ahead or ask one of the staff members. If they feed the animals 2 hours before opening you may have to look into getting in the park before it opens. I am not suggesting that you do anything illegal, but if you are serious about this you may want to see if you can join the park’s charitable foundation. This may give you privileges that the rest of the public doesn’t have (like getting in the park before anyone else.) If that is a bit pricey for you then you may want to consider jingling your keys and (if safe) tapping on the fencing around their cage. This may make the animal think they are going to get fed and it’s possible that they might respond to it, if think a zoo keeper is entering the exhibit.

Don’t haze the wildlife, how would you like it if you were in a cage a someone was messing with you? Not to mention, this won’t endear you to the park staff and may even get you thrown out.

Taking Pictures:

Fences can be a pain but are there for both ours and the animal’s protection. When trying to photograph an animal though a fence open the aperture up as much as possible. This should remove the fence from view while not distorting the rest of the photo.

Focus on the eyes: The eyes are the will be the most expressive part of your subject, from sadness to anger and curiosity the eyes will say it all; so focus on the eyes even if other parts are slightly out of focus. Composition is also a big plus, this will be a great opportunity to apply the rule of thirds when feasible.

Don’t forget to take photos of the wildlife that roams freely through the park. This includes the birds in the aviaries as well as peacocks. I know at my zoo they have also used some sort of orchid looking plants in their aviary, so although you may be there for the animals this may be an also opportunity for some great macro photography.

The point of all this article is this, keep you eyes open and do your research, just because the zoo seems like an easy place to shoot photos (and it is) there are still some preparations that you need to take. Have the right equipment and ask questions of the zoo staff. Also if you find your local zoo isn’t photographer friendly search for other local venues. You may find that an alligator farm, state park, tiger sanctuary etc. may be better suited to your needs.

Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

The KL BIRD PARK is located in Lake Gardens and is easily accessible through public transport or if you’re driving. The KL Bird Park is an impressive park containing over 3000 bird species that spans over 8 acres of land.

Birds are allowed to roam freely within the compound and you’ll be treated an impressive festival of colours flying overhead as the birds spread their wings. There are a few bird species, mainly the endangered ones that are held captive in cages.

Key Information

Cost:

For visitors with MyKads (local identification tags) it costs RM 20 for Adults and RM 10 for Kids. Visitors without MyKards are charged RM 42 for Adults and RM 32 for kids.

Allocated Time:

Determining how long you should stay in KL Bird Park is a hard one, if you’re a fan of the aviary type, then you could spend days in here. If you’re here for a look-see, then 1-3 hours would be ample amount of time.

The KL Bird Park provides a wonderfully decorated park complete with walkways and ornamented garden spaces for you to stroll among as you take in the beautiful green scenery. Hard to believe such a place exists outside the capital of Malaysia huh? We thought so too..

Activities and things to do @ the KL Bird Park

Photography

Even if you’re not a fan of birds, with over 3000 different types of birds on display, you’ll definitely be fascinated by the interesting array of colours on display. Coupled with a well maintained park, the KL Bird Park is a good opportunity to capture some good photos.

Educational

The park is littered with interesting facts about birds and their origins. If you’re interested, you will be able to see birds in their natural habitat and the natural behavioral patterns. We’ve got to admit, we’re not much for the birds but even we thought this was an interesting aspect of the park that most commoners can enjoy. For more information on what to do around Kuala Lumpur, check out http://www.klwheretogo.com

Sydney Wildlife: Exploring The Beautiful View Of Wildlife In Sydney

Visiting Sydney is not complete without a wildlife adventure. Sydney’s wildlife adventure is one of the most interesting tours in Australia. You can start off with the cruise, visit, the zoo, and explore the main harbor sights and commentary. You have five major attractions you can visit, hopping on and off the Harbour Explorer. Since this is an all-day ticket, you have time at your hands to see all the sites you wish to explore. Kick it off with the breeze and start your journey.

It is at utmost convenience that Sydney entails a zoo inside its city domains. Through-out the hustle and bustle of city life, being laid back in Australia is easy as it masses a huge land area specifically designated to care for nature and the wild. At one point in every tour, we always want to be one with nature. Some prefer to commune with nature through seeing the wild. Once you decide to go on the harbour cruise, make sure you have zoo express in your itinerary.

The Taronga Zoo in Sydney is located on the shores of Sydney Harbour stretching a good 52-acre of land in the suburb of Mosman. The zoo officially opened on October 07, 1916. It is divided into eight zoogeographic regions housing a good 340-specie with over 2600 animals in count, one of the largest of its kind. Features of the zoo include the Rustic Bridge which is one of its earliest landscapes.

The zoo contains a large variety of exhibits. To name a few, you have the Australian Wetlands that showcases a number of birds, the Australian Walkabout features the Red Kangaroo and Wallabies, and then you have the Koala Encounters. These exhibits feature the two of the most known animals in Australia which officially marks your wildlife adventure. So make sure you have brought your cameras along with you and take pictures of these amazing creatures live.

There is a general admission Wildlife park pass available for the whole family as well. Children will definitely enjoy the chance to see reptiles including Australia’s largest snake, the Scrub Python. Make sure your kid is one of those who enjoy the privilege. You can stand next to the beautiful koala in the Koala Sanctuary and have your photo taken. Also explore the Rainforest and see the beautiful aviary collection inside the city’s heart, and this features the world’s most dangerous bird, the Cassowary. Funny as it looks, this bird is like a cross over a turkey, an ostrich and a peacock. But, in all essence, its fatal blows gave its title as the most dangerous of all birds.

It is guaranteed enjoyment at your convenience. Explore the Sydney Wildlife in its finest and accessible-friendly nature. Gear up and prepare yourself to the most exciting tour of the wild!

Things To Do In Sydney With Kids – Animal Adventures

Finding things to do in Sydney with kids on the weekend or during school holidays doesn’t need to be difficult. If your children love animals and you are looking somewhere interesting to take them, then check out the following awesome places.

Taronga Zoo
Bradleys Head Road, Mosman
This is probably the first place that springs to mind, when you think of taking your kids to see the animals and rightfully so. Taronga Zoo has so much to offer. To ensure you get the most out of the Zoo, visit Taronga website and print your own copy of the Zoo map so you can work out which animals your children would like to see. There are plenty of great shows and talks featured every day, including a seal show, koala photo opportunity, gorilla keeper talk, reptile keeper presentation, free flight bird show and more. You can download a free “Taronga Zoo – Monkey Mayhem” iPhone application, which takes you on an exciting Zoo adventure of learning and discovery both at Taronga Zoo and at home. Using the iPhone’s built-in camera and GPS, you can navigate your way around the Zoo via the interactive map taking photos and adding them to the right animal pages to unlock secret content!
Opening Hours: 9.30am – 4.30 pm dainly

Sydney Aquarium,
Darling Harbour, Sydney
Another must visit animal adventure if you live in or are visiting Sydney. The aquarium is a home to many sea creatures and some of the most popular exhibits include: The tropical bay of rays – featuring the most colourful combination of Australian stingrays Saws and Claws – a new joint creature feature of smalltooth sawfish and huge Japanese spider crabs, Southern rivers includes freshwater fish found in the Murray Darling River System such as the Murray cod, platypus, yabbies, turtles, Northern Rivers – check out barramundi and lungfish – the only fish species that can breathe air Southern Oceans – Visit Sea Dragons and Pineapple Fish, octopus, moray eels and a colony of little penguins Dugongs at Mermaid Lagoon – Pig and Wuru are the only captive dugongs in Australia, and presently there are less than 5 long-term captive dugongs in the world.
Opening Hours: 9am to 8pm

Manly Sealife Sanctuary (Manly Oceanworld)
West Esplanade, Manly
Manly Sealife Sanctuary is the home of many sharks, giant stingrays, sea turtles and other marine life, Walk through the Shark Harbour, visit Penguin Cove, Tropical Reef or explore the rockpool. There is something to amuse children of all ages. If you are looking to do something different for your kids birthday party, then book Manly Sealife Sanctuary – your kids will have a great time and learn something new.
Opening Hours: 10am – 5.30pm

Sydney Wildlife World,
Darling Harbour, Sydney
Get up close with cute koalas and kangaroos, see Rex, one of the world’s largest crocodiles, walk through 9 themed habitat zones and see over 100 species of real, all Australian animals. Sydney Wildlife World offers 14 keeper talks and animal feeds every day, so you are guaranteed to keep the children amused for hours. Some of the most popular exhibits include Butterfly Tropics, Gum Tree Valley, Wallaby Cliffs, Daintree Forest, The Outback, Kakadu Gorge and Bugs Garden.
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm

Koala Park Sanctuary,
Castle Hill Road, West Pennant Hills
At Koala Park Sancturary you will find plenty of koalas, but also red & grey kangaroos, dingoes, wombats, echidnas, emus, wallabies and lots of Australian Native Birds. One of the best features of the park is being able to feed many of the kangaroos. Food can be purchased at the door. There are 4 koala feeding times each day as well as a penguin and wombat show.

Calmsley Hill City Farm,
Darling Street Abbotsbury
Calmsley Hill City farm is an attraction which features a variety of great exhibits and shows, including animal patting, cow milking, tractor ride, stock whip show, working dog show, sheep shearing show and koala talks. Check out cockatoo and parrot aviary, snake exhibit, koala exhibit, poultry pens, animal nursery, cattle pens, kangaroo walk in exhibit and many more.
Opening Hours: 9am – 4.30pm

Featherdale Wildlife Park,
217 Kildare Road, Doonside
Featherdale provides all-day free encounters with Australia’s most beloved and iconic koalas and kangaroos. You can hand feed kangaroos, wallabies and emus or enjoy a fce to face encounter with a koala. The park also features crocodiles, dingos, goannas, penguins, reptiles and Tasmanian devils as well as many native birds.
Opening Hourse: 9am – 5pm

Australian Reptile Park
Pacific Highway, Somersby
The Australian Reptile Park is a hands on zoo and is regarded as one of Australia’s premier attractions. It offers exciting wildlife shows and loads of animal interactions including Elvis, the crankiest crocodile, Hugo, the giant Galapagos tortoise, many reptiles, venomous snakes, wombats, dingoes, echidnas, wallabies, platypus, possums, Tasmanian devils and so much more. The park offers many tours and experiences including “kids 2 keeper” programs which allow children to experience what it’s like to be a zoo keeper.
Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm