Jen, you mentioned DSLR cameras, but didn't say how that was relevant. If
you're suggesting that bird photography has been made more popular by these
cameras, I'd agree. The zero cost of experimental shots has probably made it
possible for more people to overcome the learning curve. I would also guess
that low cost "ultra zoom" compact cameras has been a stepping stone to DSLRs
for many - a DSLR is really just the same thing, but better.
So, yes, there are certainly a lot more people taking photos of birds than a
few years ago, whether they're birders or not.
> -----Original Message-----
> On Behalf Of jenny spry
> Sent: Friday, 12 November 2010 11:25 AM
> To: Carl Clifford
> Cc: Birding-Aus Aus
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Fwd: [Raptor_conservation]
> photographers threaten endangered Hen Harriers in Holland
> Hi all,
> I think some things have changed with the introduction of
> DSLR cameras and are being overlooked in this discussion.
> Without detracting from the concern that "some bird watchers"
> threaten the security of their target bird, the matter has
> become much wider.
> For example, the photographers harassing the flycatchers at
> Bowra earlier this year were not "birdwatchers", they were
> "photographers". All they wanted were top images of birds for
> entry into photographic competitions.
> I met them there but left the day after they arrived so
> missed the damage they supposedly did. I do know however that
> they were very excited to have the opportunity to photograph
> "Leaden Flycatchers" at the nest. They knew they were
> "Leadens" and not Restless because one "had rusty orange on
> the breast". They had checked their field guide and I could
> not persuade them otherwise.
> I ate my dinner with one of the photographers in the shearers
> shed and he was telling me all about his camera club and what
> the rules were about the images eg no digital manipulation,
> the images had to be as they were taken, hence the need for
> no branches obstructing the view etc. Photoshopped images
> could not be used in their competitions. And some of the
> photos were exquisite, even if the bird was misnamed.
> It is still the minority giving the rest a bad name but they
> are no longer all "birdwatchers", "bird photgraphers" have
> now joined the "birding"
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