Cover image for Wildlife watcher guide / by wildlife photographers Michael Leach and Meriel Lland.
Wildlife watcher guide / by wildlife photographers Michael Leach and Meriel Lland.
Publication Information:
Richmond Hill, Ontario : Firefly Books, 2016.

Physical Description:
96 pages : colour illustrations ; 21 cm
General Note:
Includes index.

"Animal tracking, photography skills, fieldcraft, safety, footprint identification, camera traps, making a blind, night-time tracking"--Cover.
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591.973 LEA Book Junior Collection

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This book provides essential advice on how to track, observe and photograph wildlife in their natural habitat. Practical chapters are interspersed with Question and Answer spreads that give a glimpse into the adventures of real-life wildlife photographers.

Wildlife Watcher Guide is organized into seven chapters, beginning with how to prepare for an expedition and an introduction to tracking, such as looking for spoor (such as footprints, broken twigs, 'scat').

The six chapters that follow cover wilderness habitats -- woodland; savannah; rainforest; polar regions; underwater; and gardens, parks and cities -- and describe special considerations when exploring these areas.

Professionals with decades of experience in wildlife observation give their top tips on:

How to watch wildlife unseen How to track animals using footprint identification and identifying signs of recent activity How to prepare for dangerous expeditions How to track safely at night The essential photography skills and equipment Fieldcraft (camera traps, making a hide, knowing the behavior and habitat of the animal, best time of year/best time of day, telephone lenses, night-time tracking, and more).

Wildlife Watcher Guide overflows with valuable information presented in colorful illustrations and clear text. It is excellent for budding wildlife naturalists and photographers.

Author Notes

Michael Leach, a founder and the president of Continuum Publishing and president and publisher of Crossroads/Continuum Publishing, is the executive editor of Orbis Books. He lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 4
Prepare to Explore!p. 6
Essential Gearp. 8
Dress Like a Wildlife Explorerp. 10
Wildlife-spotting Technologyp. 12
Fieldcraftp. 14
Staying Safep. 16
Nature Watch: Woodlandp. 18
Welcome to the Woodlandp. 20
Tracking and Spoorp. 22
Identifying Hair and Feathersp. 24
Identifying Footprintsp. 26
Building Blindsp. 28
How to Stay Hiddenp. 30
Working at Nightp. 32
Explorer Q&A: A Life Outdoorsp. 34
Nature Watch: Gardens, Parks and Citiesp. 36
Wildlife on your Doorstepp. 38
Where to Lookp. 40
Making a Home for Wildlifep. 42
Add Water and Shelterp. 44
Set Up a Garden Webcamp. 46
Explorer Q&A: Urban Explorationp. 48
Nature Watch: Watery Worldsp. 50
Wildlife to Look Out Forp. 52
Pond-dippingp. 54
Using Binocs and Spotting Scopesp. 56
Identifying Printsp. 58
Tide-poolingp. 60
Explorer Q&A: Sticky Situationsp. 62
Nature Watch: Mountains and High Countryp. 64
Key Animals to Spotp. 66
Camouflage and Blindsp. 68
Essential Gear for Hill Countryp. 70
Reading the Landscapep. 72
Explore Q&A: Using Technologyp. 74
Nature Watch: Meadow, Farmland and Dry Landsp. 76
Farmland Wildlifep. 78
Cold-blooded Creaturesp. 80
Butterflies and Caterpillarsp. 82
Searching for Small Mammalsp. 84
Explorer Q&A: Farmland Favoritesp. 86
Sharing Wildlife Spottingp. 88
Remote Wildlife Viewingp. 90
Sharing Your Storyp. 92
Glossaryp. 94
Indexp. 95
Acknowledgmentsp. 96