Hi ricseet, you'll have to teach them to behave and then you can get in closer with the camera
I tend to regard myself as a naturalist first and a photographer second. In this country there are certain cooler days when they are less active, but of course more difficult to find. Males usually set up territory and patrol it constantly, when they are behaving like that close approach is out of the question. When freshly emerged from the larva they tend to spend their time away from the breeding sites and rest more whilst their wings harden off, then they can be approached more easily. Also the females tend to rest for a day or two between matings and bouts of egg laying and again they can be more closely approached when they are in that stage. It's very much a matter of knowing your subject, but that maxim applies to all photographic genres I would suggest.
One of those lucky moments - I was walking looking for birds to shot and heard the noise of leaves and turned around and saw this lizard which just caught the playing mantis.
Shot this at a local Nature Reserves with the G1/45-200 combo.
Thanks for viewing
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