Wildlife photographers have a pretty cool job. They get to go out into the wilderness and capture incredible images of animals in their natural habitat. However, it's not always just another day at the office. Sometimes, the wildlife just doesn't want their photo taken that day, and they let that be known. Other times, the animals are incredibly curious about the mysterious photographer and come in for a closer look. Would you be as calm as these wildlife photographers as their subjects check them out?
I See What You Did There
Today it's common for a girl to ask her boyfriend to take a photo of her for Instagram... and another one, and another one... and wait, that's not quite right... one more... Their significant other will try tirelessly to capture the shot that she wants, but oftentimes, to no avail.
After telling you that you're not getting the right shot, they'll probably end up deleting them all anyway. This fox isn't too impressed with the shot that this photographer captured.
Time For A Selfie
This photographer posted up in a grassy area with a long lens to capture some wildlife in their natural habitat. But this bird spotted him right away and wanted to make sure that he knew it.
The photographer doesn't look a bit upset that he has a bird resting on his head. In fact, he thought it would make the perfect photo opp for a selfie. Just another day on the job in the life of a photographer!
You Got Some Blubber On Ya
Seals spend much of their life in the water, with thick blubber to keep them warm and protect them against freezing temperatures. Once they go ashore, seals stick together and create huge colonies-- sometimes a thousand of them will all rest together.
This photographer was setting up to snap a photo of the seals resting on the rocks when this ball of blubber came over and laid on his back.
I'll Lurk With You
This woman crouched down on the side of the road to take a photo of the animals on the other side. What she doesn't realize is that one of her subjects is creeping up behind her. Swift like a fox, they say.
She might go the entire day without getting the right photo of a fox. Meanwhile, the other photographer captured this comical photo of the fox sneaking up behind her.
What's In There?
The red fox is the most common type of fox. Their flexible diet allows them to adapt to many environments, including snowy woodlands. They have a magnetic sense that helps them find food, similar to birds and sharks.
Foxes are very playful creatures and love to play with dog toys if they find them. They're often interested in people, and can even be domesticated, although breaking them of the habit of digging is a challenge.
You're Not So Good At Hiding...
This photographer thought that he had a brilliant idea, hiding under a pile of snow that he put together to try to sneak candid photos of the foxes. However, as the saying goes, "an old fox understands the trap" and this fox is not one to be fooled.
Did you know that a family of foxes is called a "leash of foxes" or a "skulk of foxes"? This fox came over to check things out and report back to the skulk.
Where's The Squirrel?
Squirrels are tricky creatures. They bury their food so that others won't take it, and will even pretend to buy a nut to throw off whoever is watching them. This little guy came over to get involved with the photographer's photoshoot.
He likely came into the woods to take photos of nature and other wildlife, but this squirrel wants to let him know that she's the star of the show.
That Would Be A Bit Distracting
Have you ever tried to take a photo with a baby tiger on your head? It's probably even harder than it sounds! This photographer was laying in the grass to get a photo of the young white tiger, but he just wanted to play instead.
When they're full-grown, white tigers can weigh up to 570 pounds! That being said, the photographer is lucky that he's only got a cub on his head.
Just Making Sure You Get The Shot
Meerkats are found in deserts and grasslands around the southern tip of Africa. These cute creatures grow up to 50 centimeters long and stand up on their hind feet. This photographer is attempting to take a photo of two adults while it looks like their little one wanted to come over and make sure he got the shot.
If you ask us, the lighting looks just perfect, but this meerkat might think differently...
Watch Your Nose...
Weasels have slender bodies and short legs. Even though they're funny little creatures, they will hunt rabbits and squirrels for food, even if they're bigger than them! Sometimes, weasels hunt more than they actually eat-- apparently their eyes are bigger than their stomach.
This photographer clearly doesn't know too much about the weasel, as she's going in for a kiss while the weasel is about to bite her in the nose. They aren't the nicest creatures!
Thanks For The Nose Warmer
Not only did this deer walk straight up to this guy, but she decided to stick his face into the camera lens! Deer are talented swimmers and skilled at jumping. They usually take their first steps within thirty minutes after they're born-- that's pretty impressive!
Young deer will stick around their mother for about a year. It looks like this is a doe who has already raised her young and is out to have a good time.
I Said No Photos Please!
Many of these photos show cute animals coming over to check out the photographer in a nice way. This photo is not one of those photos. Here a videographer was out in the wildlife, holding still to capture the shot when a golden eagle decided it's time for him to go.
While the eagle could have flown away, he decided to take matters into his own talons and tell this photographer to beat it.
You Have a Cheetah On Your Shoulder
Cheetahs are incredible creatures. They're the fastest land mammal in the world and can go from zero to 60 mph in just three seconds. A large adult can weigh up to 160 pounds, but this little guy is light enough to perch on the photographer's shoulder.
Imagine trying to get anything done with there's that much cuteness next to you. We hope that this little guy's mom doesn't come around and get the wrong idea... good luck out running a cheetah!
Well This Can't Be Good
So this doesn't look like it turned out very well for the photographer. We're hoping that they bailed and left the camera behind because the alternative doesn't look so bright.
A female lion needs to eat 5kg of meat each day to stay healthy. It's also the female that doesn't 85-90% of the hunting, while the male hangs back and protects the pride. We wonder what the rest of the lions will think when this lioness brings back a camera instead of dinner.
This has to be one of the most daring photos on this list. How can this photographer keep his cool when he has two big bears' mouths right next to his head. His facial expression shows that he's a bit skeptical, and possibly wondering if these will be his last moments on earth.
The bears seem to really be digging his hair, wondering what type of product he uses and where they can find it for themselves.
Let Me Turn The Flash Off Here...
Here's another lioness who is thinking about trying a career in photography. She seems to know what she's doing, too. She's got the tripod set-up to her height, centered her subject and is just making a few tweaks to the shutter to make sure she can capture the animals running at high speeds.
Soon her entire pride will be begging her to take photos of them and their cubs. This lioness is about to make it big.
This fox has a striking coat and markings that help him blend into his environment, protecting him from predators. But that doesn't mean he wants to hide all of the time. After having his picture taken a few times, this fox decided that he wanted to give it a spin himself.
He posted up behind the lens and commanded that the photographer go frolic in the brush himself. He's certainly focused on the task at hand.
Let Me Get That For You, Susan
We're impressed that this woman was able to focus on taking her photo while this wolf came up and bit her ear. We would be off and running by this point, but she is totally cool, calm, and collected.
You might be interested in taking wildlife photos, but this is the difference between an amateur and a pro. Professional photographers don't let anything get in the way of getting the shot. Not even if they have a wolf on their head.
Just Need A Little Boost
This mouse didn't want to be the subject of the photos either. She's more of a behind-the-scenes kind of gal and wanted to try her little paw at photography. Knowing she was too short for the camera set-up, this mouse got creative and found a brand to boost them up.
Of course, it might be difficult making all of the needed adjustments with those little paws! She doesn't listen to doubters though, she goes out there and follows her photog dreams.
Your Hiding Spot Isn't Great
This looks like the same woman who had the fox sneak up on her. She certainly isn't very good at hiding, is she? While she was laying in the grass, trying to hide from the wildlife so they'll act natural, a baby deer and a little wolf pup came over to let her know she's not very good at hiding.
Now she'll have to finish the rest of her photoshoot with a deer on her back, but hey, that's just part of the job description.
This is Looking Great
This fox is really going the extra mile to get the shot. He readjusted the tripod to get a better angle, and now he's standing up on a stump to capture the moment. We wonder what he sees, as he's fixated on something in the distance.
It looks like the wildlife photographer who brought the equipment out there isn't too concerned with the fox taking over his job. It's nice to catch a break once in a while.
Well Looky Here
It appears as though when the photographer saw a bear walking up, they bailed and left the camera set-up behind. They probably took this photo from the bushes where they were hiding as the bear approached the lens.
Instead of seeking out the human, the bear opted to stop and take a gander through the viewfinder. They're careful not to touch anything though. What a polite bear! Maybe the two will take a selfie together after.
While this photographer was trying to capture the action, they became the action themselves. They thought that they would be okay if they climbed up on top of the Land Rover to take some photos of the cheetahs, but they thought wrong.
This cheetah wasn't having any of that though and decided to hop right on up there and get in their face. While this isn't exactly what the photographer had in mind, their facial expression is golden.
That's The Money Shot
Photography isn't just limited to lionesses and cheetahs-- beavers want to get in there and see what they can capture too. This guy's eyes are wide open as he focuses on getting the shot. You can tell his nose is getting a little in the way, as cameras aren't exactly custom-designed for beavers.
He does appear to have an excellent grip on the tripod though. His intense focus says it all.
Nice Shot, Bill
Cheetahs are known to be social animals and are usually found in groups. Moms hang out with their young and siblings stick together for around six months after they leave their mother.
This beautiful cheetah decided that she wanted some company, and came over to check on his photographer. It's incredible how the cheetah is laid out next to him, and he's entirely calm! She looks quite interested in his camera's viewfinder.
So I'm Going to Have You Move To The Left
This fox is determined to get the shot as he tries to get his subjects organized. It looks like he's both the photographer and the creative director on this set, as he's leaning to the side, trying to see how to improve the shot.
He appears to be a seasoned pro, as he's not shy to make adjustments and call the shots. If only they'd listen to him... art is a process.
Gotta Reset The Exposure Here
This guy isn't monkeying around. He's taking the time to snap the photo, check it, make adjustments, and work on improving. Sitting on the rock, this monkey looks like he has a lot of talent and wisdom when it comes to photography.
The camera even appears to be a good size for him to manage. We wonder if he can upload and edit his own photos too. Now that would be even more impressive!
Let Me Take Over
This monkey didn't agree with the angle that the photographer was getting, so he decided to step in himself. The monkey doesn't appear to be shy whatsoever, as there's no time to be humble about his photography skills when they're about to miss the money shot.
This human needs to take a few notes from this monkey. Clearly there's something that he's missing. We'll wait and see who gets the photo credit on this one.
You Think You're Clever?
Once again, a squirrel proves that photographers are not masters of disguise. He wrapped his lens in camo and hunkered down, but still, the squirrel found him. The squirrel isn't so sure that he wants this guy lurking in his territory, and came over to tell him who's boss.
We wonder if the photographer got up and left, or if the squirrel let it slide this time. Can't a squirrel get a little privacy while he's burying his nuts?
Hey Guys, Where Are You Going?
This camera crew thought that they were professional wildlife photographers, but they thought wrong. The four of them (plus the smarter guy behind the lens) went out into bear country to get some photos of the incredible creatures.
However, they weren't rightfully prepared and ran like little girls when the bear turned around to confront them. This photo goes to show you that you don't need to be faster than the bear, just faster than your friend.
I Am Sloth. Hear Me Roar.
Sloths have a reputation for being slow and lazy, but this guy is out there to prove that he can be the life of the party. A photographer thought that they were going to capture a sleeping sloth, but instead, they got one up close and personal.
Sloths sleep around 10 hours a day and spend most of their time in trees. But that doesn't mean they won't come at ya.
Nom Nom Nom
What do you do when a lioness takes your camera? You let them. That's what. If you really think that confronting a lion is worth getting your Cannon back, you might not have your priorities straight.
It looks like the camera isn't going to be left in that good of shape anyway, so you might as well cut your losses and call it a day. She's not sure why she stole the camera, but she knows that it's hers now.
Kids Can Never Hold Still For A Photo
This mama hippo and her baby were having some playtime in the water when the photographer came over to snap their photo. The mom was posing with her leaf when the baby came over and chewed on her lip.
It appears that animal parents have the same problem as humans, in that they can never get their offspring to hold till and behave long enough to take a decent photo.
Are You Guys Coming Out?
Polar bears are amazing creatures and are the largest carnivores that live on land. This guy was curious about the boat that showed up in his terrority and decided to come in for a closer look.
While the photographer is outside capturing the moment, the people inside the boat are probably about to freak out. How often do you have a polar bear lurking in your porthole? Probably not too often.
Too Much Too Soon
This baby tiger is incredibly cute. A girl is holding it in her lap while her family snaps photos. All of the attention appears to be too much for the young cub, as it cries to get some space.
We don't blame the little guy, as it can be a little too much when everyone pulls out their phones to take photos. He knows he's adorable though, so you really can't blame anyone for wanting a photo.
Kangaroos Can Be Jerks
You don't want to mess with a kangaroo. Not only can these animals travel 44 mph, but they have a powerful kick and punch, too. Around Australia, they're considered pests, and you can see them picking a fight with one another on occasion.
Kangaroos have a strong upper body and often times males will box each other to see who will win the affection of the female kangaroo. We're not sure why this kangaroo decided to punch this photographer, but we understand that paparazzi can be an annoyance.
The Camera Crew Is Almost Ready
These two chipmunks teamed up to get the photo shoot underway. We have one 'munk behind the camera while the other one is inspecting and cleaning the lens. Between the two of them, we're sure to have this gig running in no time.
Who knew two little creatures could have such big talent? While they haven't been published yet, there's a lot of potential in this dynamic chipmunk photographer duo.
While elephants are huge animals that you think wouldn't be able to move too fast, they can actually run up to 15.5 miles per hour! This elephant saw the photographer and wanted nothing to do with them.
They were able to capture the moment that the elephant took off. Going along with the theme of this list, the photographer is lucky that the elephant didn't charge them! Next time maybe the photographer will find a sneakier way to get the shot.
Stop Looking At Me, Swan
This photographer went to extreme lengths to get some photos of swans. Do you think he fooled any of them, parading around in this oversized swan tent? We're pretty sure his efforts were wasted, as he's not fooling anyone with this get-up.
If anything, the swans would probably fly away, thinking there's some insane monster of a swan invading the pond and headed their way. We'll give him points for dedication though.
Let Me Dance For You
If you see a skunk doing this dance, you might stand there confused, but really, you should RUN. Skunks do this to scare off predators, and you know what else they do when they feel threatened. Yep, they spray you.
If you've ever been skunked you know you never want it to happen again. Luckily this image was caught on a trail cam, and no one was sprayed by this fancy dancing skunk.