How to take amazing photos of wildlife using a GoPro

Have you got a GoPro or thinking about getting one? Like the idea of getting beautiful shots of wildlife but not sure if the GoPro is up to the task?
In this post I will talk you through my methods of how I’ve captured images of wildlife using my GoPro. Is it the best camera for you or not?
It is very tricky using the GoPro as it does not have a zoom meaning you have to get very up close and personal with the animals you want to take a photograph of.

Is it Possible to capture photographs of animals using the GoPro?

It is possible! But can be very tricky depending on what animals you would like to capture.
It solely depends on the animal you want to get and how timid or brave that animal maybe.
Domesticated animals are by far the easiest. You can approach them without them fearing what you are doing with that thing on your hand.
Wild animals are certainly more trickier as you will struggle to get up close and personal when trying to capture that perfect shot! Simple solution. Put the GoPro down and walk away.

Capturing the perfect shot of a wild animal.

In my example for this post I have gone to get some pictures of seagulls as I live in a seaside town they are the most common species. They are not so timid when it comes to humans.
I went down to the beach, bought a bag of chips, put my GoPro in a preferred position to allow a great view of a natural landscape behind it.
And with the Gopro you can connect it to the GoPro App which aloud me to preview what the GoPro was seeing even though i was sitting 10-15 feet away from it.
Then all I did was throw a chip and within seconds I had a swarm of seagulls surrounding the GoPro allowing me to simply press the shutter button from my phone and get some quality pictures of the worlds most demonised birds!
Granted its not hard to get close to them but this is a very good first stepping stone to getting used to this method of photography.

Here’s a few shots from that day I couldn’t of chosen a more perfectly clear day to be Photographing my favourite beach in the world!

Now how about the trickier more timid creatures?

I love photographing birds as they are my favourite species in the animal kingdom. I wanted to try and get some smaller birds of the more timid variety.
This proved to be very difficult, there was no way I was going to get any shots just on the off chance they may land in front of the GoPro.

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So I set off back home to try and come up with some Idea’s. For now my only way of getting some pictures were by using the bird feeder in my back garden. I set the GoPro up recording on the bird feeder and waited, and waited….and waited a little more………

Finally! a few little birds came to grab a bite. Didn’t seem phased at all by the camera now sitting in amongst the seeds. This was all very well and good but they flew in and out so quickly I wasn’t quick enough to press the capture button before they were completely out of view.
Luckily the GoPro was recording so I managed to take some pictures out of the Video.

In Conclusion

Yes I managed to Capture some cute little birds using the GoPro. But they aren’t the best quality pictures nor do they look as natural as I would like them to be. But it proves it is possible!
I think my next step to continuing this mission is to learn the patterns of feeding time or even if they happen to be in a certain spot at a similar time every day. Once i have learnt this i believe i can continue to get beautiful pictures of wildlife using the GoPro.

Why do I use the GoPro for this?

why don’t I just buy a camera and easily get better pictures without faffing about setting up the GoPro and watching for hours on end when nothing feels like walking past?
I choose the GoPro because I believe it is one of the only ways to get the creatures acting as natural as possible, If I was creeping around in the bushes waiting for the right angle and popping my head out every now and then to see what the animals are up to I believe that that wouldn’t be as natural as the creature may be more aware of its surrounding and may put it on edge.

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What shall I try next?

Now I have Taken plenty of shots of the more easy animals to capture such as Squirrels and birds, I want to hear from all of you for any suggestions of what animals you would like to see next.
I can try for a more timid rodent such as rats or mice? or shall I find a fox burrow?
any suggestions would mean a lot to me and I will do anything in my power to get that shot!
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