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Photophil Awarded for his valuable contributions to the Resources, most notably in Wildlife Photography   Gent, BE  Basic Member Wed 16-Jan-08 02:24 PM
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"Best wildlife parks."



Hi,

The greatest challenge is to take pictures of animals in the wild. No greater thrill than standing eye to eye with a brown bear. But some pictures (close ups of puma, wolf, lynx, ...) are hard or impossible to achieve. Lots of spectacular wildlife pictures in magazines are taken under what we call "controlled situations". Meaning, the photography was done in an enclosure (zoo or wildlife farm). One famous hotspot in Europe is "The Bayerischer Wald" in Germany. A paradise to take pictures of wolves and lynx. Another hotspot is Jaegersborg near Kopenhagen (Denmark) famous for its red deer photography. Who wants to share his favourite places to take pictures of rare animals.

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Photophil
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Philippe

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wpgf80      Tue 12-Feb-02 09:27 PM

  
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Hello

If you ever get a chance to come to Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada here are a couple of must see "wildlife parks".

Fort Whyte Centre
Is actually right in the city. It is a fairly large complex 400 acres, for being in the city. It is primarily an "open range" facility. Year round it is home to dozens of migratory birds as well a year round residences. Each fall hit become home for several month to hundreds of thousands of geese, ducks, swans. Apart from a wide range of small animals. The local "wild" deer herd makes it a frequent home. The only "fenced" part is the bison(buffalo) compound. www.fortwhyte.org

Oak Hammock Marsh
Located just outside of the city. This is 36 sq. km. maze of marshes, wetlands and grasses. Again like Fort Whyte, it is a year round home to dozens of migratory birds as well a year round residences. Each fall hit become home for several month to hundreds of thousands of geese, ducks, swans.
www.ducks.ca/ohmic

These are both excellent pic's if you are in the area. And it you do get here, please get hold of me.


  

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gpshslax   Grosse Pointe Park, US  Registered since 14th Feb 2002 Thu 21-Feb-02 06:29 AM
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I would have to say two of the best are the San Diego Wild animal park, and The Wilds in ohio. I'm speaking more from a zoological perspective, as I've never been to either, and can't really vouch for ability to photograph there. Both of these are vary large, and give the animals a fairly natural, yet controled enviroment, ideal for get the shot without the danger. The Wilds in ohio is probably going to be harder to get into, as it is a research primarly institution, but it's the largest AZA (american zoological assosian) accredited institute, and claims it's open to the pubilic for viewing. If I had my choice I'd visit these places.

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Photophil Awarded for his valuable contributions to the Resources, most notably in Wildlife Photography   Gent, BE  Basic Member Thu 21-Feb-02 09:47 AM
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Hi,
Thanks for the advice. The two parks you mention, do they have American animals or also African, Asian, ... animals? I ask, because the most interesting parks are those which have native animals. Nothing is worse than having to take pictures of African animals with pine trees in the background.

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Photophil
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Cheers,
Philippe

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gpshslax   Grosse Pointe Park, US  Registered since 14th Feb 2002 Thu 21-Feb-02 02:49 PM
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Both parks have all types of animals, so you would end up with the african animals against north american flora at the wilds in ohio. However, and again i'm not speaking from experiance, the san diego wild animal party recreated the native landscape it a high degree. I understand that they spend obscene amount of money importing african tree and grasses to make the experiance authentic, and then the animals eat them again. So if you go to san diego I think you could get a experiance with exotic wildlife in an exotic enviroment, close to home.

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amg   Dunedin, NZ  Basic Member Mon 04-Mar-02 12:59 AM
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Not a park as such, but if you are into photographing whales, then Kaikoura in New Zealand is a great place to get nice shots of sperm whales fluking. They are only about 4km out from land (if that). The only problem is that you have to go on a whale watch cruise to see them, although these last 3hours, and only cost NZ$100 (which is nothing in US dollars!!). You are guaranteed of seeing at least one whale (if you are unlucky you get $80 back). Best times are probably early morning, or late afternoon. Winter is also nice as the coastal mountains are covered in snow giving a great background. The boats usually sit around 50-100m away, so a 300mm lets you fill the frame nicely.
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AMG

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jrp Administrator JRP is one of the co-founders, has in-depth knowledge in various areas. Awarded for his contributions for the Resources   San Pedro Garza García, MX  Charter Member Wed 16-Jan-08 02:24 PM
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On our last safari to Africa, as hunters, my wife took a very impressive shot of a lion with a rented 400mm lens on my F4s.
She claims the chill on the spine is still there. I believe her. Although I was well in front of her with my Holland and Holland and our guide had the lion covered too -just in case I missed my shot- the "thrill" was just too much for her.
She is very happy to find herself in "controlled situations" now.
Below of of such shots at the Houston zoo. Nikon F5, 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR, Fuji Portrait NPZ 800 Pro.

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