How The BBC Uses “Spy Cams” To Photograph And Document Wildlife

Meet TunaCam, the BBC's robotic spy camera used to document pods of dolphins and other marine wildlife.

Meet TunaCam, the BBC’s robotic spy camera used to document pods of dolphins and other marine wildlife.

For many years wildlife photographers relied on their unparalleled patience and lots of long lenses capture footage of wildlife. However, as digital technology grows and our cameras seem to be shrinking, professional and amateur photographers alike are enjoying the freedom these compact cameras give them by devising inventive ways to get up close and personal with wildlife without impacting their natural surroundings and behaviors.
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Timelapse Photographers Get Surprise Visit From An Affectionate Marmot

 

Love At First Sight Or A Hungry (but adorable) Rodent?

With all these cute animals becoming really curious about GoPros, I’m starting to think capturing quirky footage of our inquisitive animals friends is like shooting fish in a barrel. Not that I’m complaining, could you imagine what an awful and boring place the internet would be without pictures of animals photo bombing stuff? Personally, I wouldn’t want to be part of an internet that didn’t include this clip of an adorable marmot licking a GoPro it came across in Glacier National Park.
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Photographing Meerkats May Just Be The Cutest Photo Assignment Ever!

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While shooting meerkats may seem like an easy task, with the comfortable nature of those animals this would probably be true. Here is the thing though, meerkats are just too cute. So cute, in fact, that photographer Will Burrard-Lucas found himself torn between completing his photographic assignment and being commandeered by the meerkats as a human lookout post.

Will explains that while meerkats are wild animals, they have grown accustomed to the presence of humans and no longer consider them a threat. On top of that Will spent some time with the meerkats which allowed them to get to know him and feel pretty comfortable with him and his gear being around. How comfortable? stand-on-your-camera-while-you-are-shooting-comfortable.

these clever little creatures take full advantage of the situation and will sometimes climb on top of the nearest person for a better view out over the long grass. Sometimes they just decide that sitting on a warm human is more comfortable that sitting on the coarse sand!

This short two minutes BTS videos form Will  explains it all:

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Watch As This Wiley Fox Quenches It’s GoPro Craving, Eats Fallen Camera

The curios fox has a craving for cameras.

Look at the smug face of a curios fox as it delights in having found a GoPro to eat.

In an open letter of sorts, a photographer from Open Lens Productions penned a request to GoPro subtly hinting the company gift him a new GoPro after his Hero 3+ met an untimely demise while in use on a wildlife filming expedition with the University of Alaska Anchorage. The photographer was in the middle of filming sea lions when he caught a glimpse of nearby fox. With good intentions and hoping to get some nice close up footage, the photographer tossed his beloved GoPro into the grass. What he wasn’t expecting was for the fox to pick the camera up and walk off with it…
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