Texas Wildlife Photography
View pictures of real Texas wildlife,
along with tips on photographing them
"On most weekends and holidays, Wildlife
Photographer, Jeff Heinatz, pursues his passion. He
goes to Davis Mountains State Park, Big Bend National Park, Balmorhea
State Park, Guadalupe Mountains National Park or one of dozens
of ranches in the Davis Mountains and Glass Mountains. With his
Minolta cameras, 500-millimeter lens and mess of animal calls,
he goes into the wilderness, and almost always returns with photographic
proof of his exotic adventures." The Desert Big Horn Sheep, pictured
here, is just one example of his talent.
"He's been literally face to face with
animals some people probably don't realize exist just 200 miles
from San Angelo. Like black bears." "Black bears are making a comeback
here," he said. "Most try to avoid people, but I've had them walk
up to me and sniff nose to nose. Other animals such as badgers,
coyotes, desert mule deer, elk, fox, golden eagles, hawks, javelina,
mountain lions, owls, porcupines, roadrunners and others are all
native to the Big Bend area of Texas.
I have been extremely fortunate in obtaining
many once in a life time photographs," some of which are featured
on the next page. "These
photographs are of real Texas Wildlife, not zoo pictures. I stalk,
call, and track wild animals on private Texas ranches, State Parks,
and National Parks to get pictures of them in their native habitat.
With a little patience and time, I am able to observe and photograph
wildlife that the average person will never see," says Jeff.
Helpful and informative tips on
use UV block to treat camouflage before using. (Wildlife will
have a harder time seeing a person with treated camouflage)
wash clothes treated with UV Block in Sport Wash (Other detergents
use brighteners that will make someone stand out to an animal)
camouflage gloves and face mask while photographing wildlife.
The biggest giveaway for anyone is their face and hands.
scent cover. Wildlife can easily detect the presence of humans
so to prevent this, a drop of skunk scent may be placed within
about five (5) feet of where you intend to hide. Once this
smell is detected by wild animals, they cannot detect humans
so easily. Skunk scent is an odor that wildlife is used to
being around and it will not spook them. (Do not use scented
soaps or colognes!)
you are spotted, do not make aggressive movements toward your
subject. This will scare wildlife away every time. Do not make
eye contact with your subjects. If your presence is not threatening,
your subject may stay with you for a period of time and may
even come closer to sniff you.
mouth calls may be used to attract wildlife, such as a Rabbit
call. With this call, you can trick a Fox, Coyote, Bear, Raccoon,
Bobcat, or Mountain Lion into making an appearance.
best times of the day for viewing and photographing wildlife
are early in the mornings and just before dark. This is when
wildlife is usually most active.
using a blind, set up so that the sun will be at your back
and where you have a clearing for your subject to walk into.
(When using a blind, be still for at least 30 minutes at a
time. Sometimes it will take this long to attract a predator.)
Do not give up if your first attempts are not
successful. Wildlife photography is a lot like fishing: some
days will be better than others.
To see some pictures that Jeff has taken, follow
JEFF HEINATZ WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY
407 North 16th Street, Alpine, Texas 79830
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