What It Takes: A top wildlife photographer’s ‘lifelong thirst’ to learn about nature

What It Takes: A top wildlife photographer's 'lifelong thirst' to learn about nature

Your eyes, ears and nose are your “best friends” when looking for animals.

” For instance, it’s quite easy to taste animal poop. If you want to find otters, ( and there’s ) fresh otter poop, you know the animals are around or they’ve been around”, said the permanent resident who has lived in Singapore since late 2016.

Outside of Singapore, he does smell clean cat urine or look for scuff marks of animals.

He picked up some of this information growing up in South India, where there was a lot of animals around him.

” There’s really no class of wildlife pictures. Most of it you have to spend day in the field.

” And that’s how you gradually began picking up on all these small details, which makes you a better artist or a better writer, “he said.

TUNED IN TO NATURE

For this tale, I met Mr Jayaprakash on five different times to see him in behavior and try my hand at wildlife photography.

Most of these classes started early in the morning, which in itself was a challenge for me.

But I quickly realised I had other problems to worry about, such as why my eyes and ears did n’t seem to be pulling their weight.

I heard a lot of birds and animals, but the only noise I recognised came from the exotic birds at Pasir Ris Park. The sleep were a jumble of animals sound to me.

In the shadow of the day, I could not see many either. We ran into another artist looking for a sunny fish eagle, and Mr Jayaprakash was the first to place a man holding a rat in his mouth.