Are birders having an identity crisis

To: Peter Shute <>
Subject: Are birders having an identity crisis
From: Tony Russell <>
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2018 02:08:00 +0000
Peter Shute, birders with cameras are packhorses. It's bad enough carrying

On 19 January 2018 at 11:10, Peter Shute <> wrote:

> 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 shooting.
> 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
> Sent from my iPad
> > 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.
> >
> >
> >
> having-an-identity-crisis/
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Iain
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> >
> > Iain Campbell
> > Tropical Birding Tours
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