Anyone with a computer can see “perfect” pictures of every animal on earth. Adding your own is great if that’s your goal, but the folks back home would probably have more fun seeing something different.


Animals’ faces are usually inscrutable, which makes it all the more entertaining to catch them showing feelings with which we can identify (giving one the raspberries, above) or whose motives we can guess (the brie-thief gull below).


When shooting the animal kingdom during your travels, think too about the dazzling world of the small. Professional photographers employ expensive “macro” lenses to enlarge the little, and, if I’d wanted more detail of the spider or individual droplets on the web, a macro would have been required. This shot, however, was taken with the same 24-105mm lens range that’s now found in the pockets of many travelers.


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