Understanding Wildlife habitat a challenge in relation to 'a day in the life of a grass snake'

This is challenge number four in relation to DMD604 and DMD605. Understanding and having the knowledge of the wildlife habitat is just as important as any photographic technique and equipment. By understanding the habitat, you have a professional knowledge of knowing what animals, plants or insects you are going to find. The understanding of wildlife habitats, enables you to quickly recognise the type of area and what to expect, which is a quick way of preparing for any photographs. There are a large number of habitats, but knowing which one you are in is essential to photographing wildlife.

British woodland area, possibly mixed broadleaved woodland or upland woodlands? Further knowledge by reading more books on the subject area, would enable me to identify this woodland accurately.

By photographing different habitats (although not all habitats that exist are included in these photographs), I am able to gain an understanding of what plants, insects, woodland and animal is in a particular area. By taking photographs of habitats, I am able to come back and try to identify each plant, animal, insect and woodland visually, which I find really helpful in understanding that habitats better.

Mole hills which indicate that this is a habitat for moles.
Many shots of different habitats and plants that thrive in these areas. In this photo grid, you can see Ivy, Nettles, a stream, mixed woodland and moss.

Taking close-up shots of plants, woodland, animals and insects allows me to identify these much easier, as I am able to see the finest details when I come to identify it. My knowledge of habitats is still very little and I need to read more books, articles and internet sources to better myself in identifying habitats, so that I am able to understand what is in certain habitat areas. However, taking photographs of places/habitats, will give me an advantage as I will know what is in the place I photographed once I identify them, which means that I would be able to go back prepared and gain desirable and professional photographs. I have already attempted to identify some of these photographs of wildlife from the Internet and it proves to be quite challenging. Through researching on the Internet of the wildlife in my images, I have found that some websites offer you to e-mail them an image of the wildlife you have spotted and they will attempt to identify this for you. However, I would prefer to identify this myself as this will be a better way of remembering different parts of wildlife if I were to try and identify this myself. I also believe the best alternative is British wildlife books, as these provide visuals and a description about them.

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Nikki White


Nikki White Photography

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