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Best place to practice animal photography in Sydney?

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An adorable seal at Taronga Zoo

Animal photography can be challenging, as your subjects will not always remain still for you. Then there is the added challenge of photographing them subtly, without flash so as not to frighten or irritate them. My question is: where is the best place to practice animal photography in Sydney?

Share you experiences of places you have visited and enjoyed.

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That must have been very hard indeed. I am sorry for your loss, it sounds like your ex-partner was truly a professional at what he did.

I actually visited Taronga Zoo just yesterday and found it to be an amazing experience and perfect for practising animal photography. Many people had the same idea and cameras went off almost constantly. However, though I managed to take some amazing photos, I found that sometimes, it was necessary just to put the camera away and just watch what the animals were doing. And so if you are planning to practise animal photography anywhere at all, I would urge you not to forego the pleasure of simply watching an animal going through its everyday routine, though you should definitely keep the camera ready for when the opportune moment presents itself.

Other places I would recommend for animal photography include the Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park in Calga, the Australian Wildlife Park in Darling Harbour (also amazing, though the glass can sometimes impact upon the quality of the photos), dog parks, and bush walking tracks.
It took two years to recover till I met someone else, and I still love him despite being with someone else now. Thank you heaps for your well thought out and comprehensive answer. Taronga Zoo seems to be the consensus, yet I like your point about the stillness in presence. Other great suggestions too, thanks heaps. :)
It is hard. My ex-partner (before he passed away) was a film producer and worked with animals for TV commercials. It was actually a falcon that killed him from bird flu. If you want to practise yourself, you can't go wrong with entry into an Aquarium (Darling Harbour or Manly) and Taronga Zoo itself. Not sure how to contain movement or anything like that.
I also suggest Taronga Zoo. I took a camera the last time I went and it was really fun getting photos of all the animals because they're seriously photogenic!
Justine and Kat, I certainly agree with Taronga Zoo and Sydney Aquarium being wonderful options for animal photography. I love visiting these places and only wish that I could go more often. And Kat, I completely agree, animals are wonderfully photogenic. Nice job with your picture of the lion also!

Definitely Taronga Zoo. My favourite photo spot there is the mountain goats, as you from a certain angle you can capture the Opera House behind them and it looks amazing. Otherwise, any of the dog parks would be a fun place to go for happy and full of action doggy photos.
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