1 Keep a diary
When spring arrives life comes bouncing back. Migrants such as cuckoos and swallows return and frogs start to spawn in ponds. Keeping a diary helps you know when species in your area are likely to return – allowing you to be prepared for their arrival.
2 Make the most of spring colours
Bulbs such as snowdrops, tulips and of course daffodils flourish in spring. All make fantastic backdrops and add a seasonal context to your images. Lush green grass also be a great factor, especially as it is lower now than it will be in the summer, when it may hinder shots.
Waiting for that decisive moment can really transform an image – whether the subject is flapping its wings, interacting with another animal nearby, or even just opening its beak.
Getting the same viewpoint as your subject really brings your photography to a new level. If you can’t get down on the floor, try using a camera with a flappable screen, or find subjects on your level, such as birds in bushes.
5 April showers
With the spring comes rain, but don’t let it put you off. The rain can create some really dramatic images, and most modern cameras can cope with a bit of wet weather.
This image shows a waxwing – a winter migrant normally gone by spring – but I hope it illustrates my point.
6 Wider viewpoint
It's tempting to just use a long lens for wildlife, especially birds, but going on the wider end really opens up the possibilities. It gives you a idea of where the subject lives – and compliments other portrait images.
7 Find accessible wildlife
We would all love to go to remote locations regularly – but it's not always possible. You can make up for that by finding wildlife that you can easily get near to. Put out feeders for garden birds and you should get good shots from your kitchen window.
8 Slow it down
Photography is varied and we all have are own tastes and styles, so don’t be afraid to try out new methods. By slowing down the shutter you get more blurry effects with the motion of the animals.
9 Shoot early and late
Spring means we need to get up a little earlier for the better light, but it's worth it once you're there. The softer golden light can really enhance an image and is much better then harsh midday light. Another advantage is that species such as reptiles and dragonflies are easier to approach in the morning, as they haven’t warmed up yet.
10 Love is in the air
Spring is when most species start a family, so it’s a great time to photograph birds and mammals interacting with each other – and also get pictures of the young that will soon follow.
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