Best Wildlife Photography Spots

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

The Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive is a one-way 11-mile drive on narrow former farm roads built on top of levees. This is amazing habitat in restoration along the North shore of Lake Apopka. “In restoration” does not convey the fantastic breadth of wildlife, especially birds, you will see here. There…

Epping Forest

Epping Forest is a former royal forest that is managed by the City of London. It covers 2,476 hectares and contains areas of woodland, grassland, rivers and ponds. It is considered to be a special area of conservation and site of special scientific interest. To read more about the Epping…

Mfuwe in South Luangwa National Park

While it is impossible to give the exact coordinates of where this picture was taken, the South Luangwa National park is home to these beautiful cats – as indeed it is to a huge variety of fauna and flora. This picture was taken in the month of March. The weather…

Amboseli National Park

Amboseli is famous for its elephants. Its famous among wildlife photographers for the iconic images of a huge tusker poised magnificently in front of Mount Kilimanjaro. While this is every visitors dream sighting, the mountain is mostly shy and hides behind clouds. And when the peak is clearly visible, you…

Smithsonian National Zoo

This is probably the closest you’ll get to wildlife that is not bear or deer in the DMV area. I took all of these photos with a 70-200 mm f/4L lens and even with the lens wide open, I still found myself having to shoot above ISO 800. If you…

Patuxent Research Refuge

Patuxent Research Refuge is a great place to view wildlife and especially birding. I saw a flock of blue herons just whiz by. Unfortunately I couldn’t capture any of them because I did not have a telephoto lens then. Tripods are allowed and encouraged. Many of the best photo spots…

Yolo Bypass Wildlife Reserve

Yolo Bypass is a fabulous area for bird photography, although there’s also some opportunities for other wildlife photography including bugs and mammals. It is a key migration site on the Pacific Flyway, and the wintering site for literally thousands of waterfowl. The majority of the area is seasonal, manmade wetlands,…

Needles Highway

If you happen to be in Black Hills or Mount Rushmore you cannot miss this scenic highway filled with wildlife and scenic mountains. Best time to get here is early morning and you’ll be by yourself the entire stretch and wildlife to see. The road goes through needle eye tunnel…

Chitwan National Park

Established in 1973, Chitwan National Park is the first national park of Nepal and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984. Covering a core area of 932 sq. kms (360 sq miles), the park is famous for its density of the  great Asian one horned rhino and also features…

Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve

The Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve is a protected area in the Terai Region of Nepal covering 305 km2(118 sq mi) of open grassland, forests, riverbeds and tropical wetlands at an altitude of 174 to 1,386 metres (571 to 4,547 ft). The congregation of swamp deer in the reserve’s grasslands is the largest in the world;…