This great video by J.P Morgan of the slanted lens gives 11 tips on “how to photograph wild animals without getting killed”. Ironically I watched this video just after writing my own article on Nature photography safety tips. Much of Morgan’s advice comes from his father, an experienced wildlife photographer. I really love point 8 the “lost wallet technique” which is very similar to my own idea of occasionally stopping and sitting down.
The only point I don’t 100% agree with is to always bring a tripod. I usually do but sometimes I just can’t bare the extra weight. It all depends on what lens your using. Of course if you have a beast of a lens like the Canon 400mm f2.8 then a tripod is a necessity. If, however, you are like me and only using a 70-200mm then you’ll be fine without.