Are birders having an identity crisis

To: Iain Campbell <>
Subject: Are birders having an identity crisis
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:40:52 +0000
Any excuse for a venn diagram? There’s no doubt that lots of birders carry a 
camera a lot of the time they’re birding now, and I feel this is mainly because 
they can, rather than a sudden change of attitude. Suitable cameras were 
prohibitively expensive till recently, and the patience required to learn to 
use them at a dollar or so a shot has been reduced to near free trial and error 

What intrigues me though is that most people seem to shun “id quality” 
photography in favour of high image quality. The latter is obviously much more 
satisfying to look at, and is often more useful, but comes at the cost of 
carrying several more kilos of unwieldy gear. Have we been lured into becoming 
photographers who bird, rather than birders with cameras?

Peter Shute

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> On 19 Jan 2018, at 9:53 am, Iain Campbell <> wrote:
> Hi guys,
> I wrote an article about the merging of photography and birding, and what
> it means to be  birder now. I used questionnaires for 230 birders to do
> this, and I analysed the results after also talking o a few participants
> with a please explain.  The article mentions new types of trips for the
> crossovers but is not a sales pitch. Take a look at the article on the link
> below and please tell me what you think, but read it first. We had 1800
> responses from facebook alone, but it was clear that some looked at the
> title and decided their view, ie "birders good, photographers evil" or
> "photographers good, birders jealous". Let's not do that here.
> Cheers,
> Iain
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