Wildlife Photographer Uses His Lens to Spotlight Rodents in Their Own Habitat

“Nature photography can by no means be planned because all wild animals have their own will and that is exactly what makes nature photography so difficult. Wildlife photography is a “learning-by-doing process”, as you need empathy, knowledge of species, patience, and sometimes you just have to be in the right place at the right time to capture the perfect picture, ”  says the wildlife photographer, Julian Rad, for Earthwonders.

To see more of Julian Rad check his: Instagram

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Animals are so at peace when they’re seen in their own habitat. Humans don’t see a lot of their behaviors and their way of living when they get to be deep in the forest, feeling safe away from the human world. But luckily there are a lot of wildlife photographers who make it their life mission to document this behavior of animals and let people see their life through pictures.

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It takes a lot of skill, patience ad time to get the perfect shot that explains exactly what happens in that part of the world when humans are not around, but with determination everything is possible. One of these guys that helps us understand the animal world better is Julian Rad, a 29-year-old Austrian award-winning wildlife photographer who captures the most adorable shots of squirrels, rabbits, wood mice, hamsters, and other small animals without making them feel threatened by his presence.

Earthwonders reached out to Julian to ask him more about his work, and most importantly why he puts his focus on these small critters.

“Rodents have always fascinated me because they are smart, they learn quickly and can solve problems that seem quite complex. Red squirrels are one of my absolute favorite animals, already as a child, I was fascinated by this unique animal, but also hamsters and mice have their own characters, critters are in general very artistic and have sympathetic characters, which makes it so enjoyable to photograph them.”

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Focusing more on the small critters, he brings an adorable side of them, especially the squirrels which we don’t get to see much as they are constantly on the move climbing a tree, or digging a hidden walnut somewhere.

Julian has started with wildlife photography in 2011 and since 2016 he has been working as a professional wildlife photographer.

” It took a while to get into understand all the camera settings and also especially how step inside the world of the wild animals as a photographer,” said the photographer for Earthwonders, “For me wildlife-photography frees my mind from the daily rush, stress, and worries, I can get away from the everyday hectic and it allows me finding peace for my body and soul. It offers close contact with nature and gives me enough time to enjoy and photograph beautiful unique nature sceneries. Many people think that taking images with expensive camera bodies and lenses will automatically make you a great photographer. But that’s not true; the only function of your camera is to capture a moment and to capture the image you have in your mind. It’s not the camera that takes good images, it’s the photographer. Your camera is just a tool that will help you realize your ideas.”

And that’s exactly the truth. To capture these tiny creatures that are always on the move, is quite a challenging thing to do, requiring a high amount of patience and time.

“I have spent countless hours sitting in my photo-hide to photograph many different wild animal species and one thing that I’ve learned over the years is: Be patient and do not chase the animals, let them come to you. That is exactly why nature photography is so challenging, you need empathy knowledge of species, endurance, and a pinch of luck. Wild animals aren’t easy to catch, so for me, nature photography is also mental training, you have to be very patient because after a photo session it can probably happen that you go home with no single photo you are satisfied with,” adds Julian.

Check out some of his lovely shots below, and for more, you can visit his Instagram and Facebook page.

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Same Crocodile, Same Place 15 Years Apart- Steve Irwin’s Son Recreates His Father’s Most Iconic Photo

We are living in a world that nothing is guaranteed forever. due to extreme pollution and global warming and harmful thing happening the earth is becoming a big mess. Not only for humans but also for animals. They have been massively going on extinct and unprotected by human harm and evilness.

Nonetheless, the rates of extinction that are currently taking place are actually comparable to the rates that took place when dinosaurs were wiped off of the face of the planet.

However, there is still a ray of hope when it comes to people who actually care about other beings except themselves.

I bet Everyone knows the late, great Steve Irwin. He left behind an incredible legacy. He was a crocodile hunter with a heart of gold. Now, his loved ones are doing their best to carry on the tradition. His children Robert and Bindi have continued their conservation efforts. Irwin’s wife Terri is also heavily involved.

1. Steve Irwin was a crocodile hunter and an activist for wild animal rights.

The Irwin family at the Australia Zoo in June 2006: (L-R) Robert, Terri, Steve, and Bindi
Photo: Australia Zoo via Getty Images

When we remember steve we see that all he ever wanted was that all the animals in the Australian Zoo where he used to work to be treated with the utmost respect. If these animals are not given the chance to hunt down moving prey, they are more likely to become extinct. That’s why the efforts of trained handlers are important. Without their assistance, the crocodiles are unable to feed in the proper manner.

His son Murray made a recreation photo like his father did but 15 years after a very iconic photo of his father feeding the same crocodile. Now, Robert is the one who is responsible for his welfare. The Instagram post went viral and was liked by every animal lover out there. And Robert hopes he can shed light to everyone about animal rights welfare.

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