Autumn is a busy time for animals, as they prepare for a long and chilly winter ahead
All creatures great and small become more bold at this time of year as they take advantage of natural resources and build up stores for the colder months to come. You’ll have noticed the bountiful hedgerow harvest from September onwards – think berries, rose hips, apples, hazelnuts and seeds – and many species take advantage of this feast to build up reserves of fat for migration or for hibernation.
Some animals, such as squirrels, are easy to spot out foraging, but you’ll need to learn the habits and preferences of shyer species. You could set up a regular feeding station on your local patch with your target animals’ preferred food source. As an example, badgers thrive on peanuts, dried pet food, fruit and mealworms (a pet shop will stock these).
Once established, a feeder provides plenty of photo opportunities with a long lens and wide aperture, but if you want to photograph larger mammals, such as deer, get in touch with your local wildlife group and use their expertize.