Set Your Camera Like a Trap

Find the spot frequented by the animal or bird you are after, wait for

it to go away of its own accord while confident and unfrightened, then

set up your camera like a trap where the lens will point to the place

the bird or animal will probably occupy upon its return.

If it is a nest it will be easy, for you can be sure the bird will come

back there and can adjust your camera to take in the entire nest. Where
/> there is no nest, sight your camera upon some object between which and

the lens the creature must come in order to be within focus, and trample

down any undergrowth that may obstruct the view. Make sure that your

focus is correct for the distance and that the film will take in the

whole animal. You can provide for this by staking off the probable size

of the animal at the place where you expect it to stand, and then

looking in the finder to see if both stakes are in focus. You will

probably have to raise the camera from the ground and perhaps tip it a

little. For this a low tripod is best but if you haven't that, and very

likely you will not, a convenient log, stump, or stone will answer the

purpose. If even these are not handy you can build up a stand of stones

or small logs, or pile earth into a mound. Whatever material you use,

the stand must be made strong and firm. To have it slip or slide is to

lose the picture. Make your camera perfectly secure and immovable on the

stand, then tie a long cord to the release (the small lever which works

the shutter). The cord must be amply long enough to reach to the ambush

where you will hide while awaiting your game. The ambush may be a clump

of bushes, a convenient rock, or a tree behind which you will be

concealed. If there is no such cover near you can make one of brush and

branches. When the cord is carried from the camera to the ambush hide

the camera with leafy branches, leaving a good opening for the cord to

pass through to prevent it from becoming entangled. Then hie to your

cover and, with the slightly slack cord in your hand, await the coming

of your game.