If you want to photograph larger winter animals, like polar bears, in the wild, consider joining an organised photo tour
Wildlife can be elusive at the W best of times, but during the colder months, when animals are well-camouflaged or simply sheltering from the cold, you'll need to do plenty of research to make sure you're in the right place at the right time. It's important to pinpoint when a species is likely to be in your chosen location - you don't want to turn up and wander aimlessly around. A quick internet browse or search through wildlife reserve pages will tell you what you need to know. Or why not make a trip of it? Visit national parks, or even go global for a chance to document varied species and backdrops.
WHERE TO SHOOT?
1 FAR-FLUNG TOURS
If you've got the inclination (and budget) to capture larger animals, book onto an organized photography tour with a respected pro photographer and guide.
2 NATURE RESERVES
Organisations such as the RSPB and Wildlife Trust have hundreds of sites across the UK. Visit their website to discover where and how to spot species.
3 NATIONAL PARKS
Scotland's Cairngorms national park is a prime example of a diverse winter wildlife location. It's home to species such as grouse, hares and red squirrels.
4 LOCAL PATCHES
Don't neglect your local park, heath or even duck pond! If you visit in the right lighting conditions, even the most familiar willdlife can look magical.
5 YOUR OWN GARDEN
Starting on home turf means you can shoot whenever as you like. Entice garden birds with food, and take the time to get to know their comings and goings.
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