Are birders having an identity crisis

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Subject: Are birders having an identity crisis
From: Iain Campbell <>
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2018 02:03:41 +0000
Hi Ken,

That is a great way to get bird photographers more into birding without
ramming it down their throats.


On Sat, Jan 20, 2018 at 3:08 AM, <> wrote:

> Hello Iain,
> Thank you for the article.
> I've been birding since the mid 80's and like most now I carry a digital
> camera with me when birding. 'Back in the day' when talking to non birders
> a
> common question was, 'Do I take pictures?' I would always answer, 'no' and
> I
> was until recently fine with that. Birding was enough. Photographic
> equipment far too expensive and heavy. I didn't want or need images. But
> time and technology moves on and here we are.
> I wanted to use the new technologies to engage more folk in birding. And
> saw
> digital photography and social media as good tools to engage people in my
> area.
> I am the Birdlife Australia convenor for the Sunshine Coast sub branch.  So
> I started a facebook page which has, as its centre, a photographic
> competition [for no prizes save respect]. The motto of this competition is
> 'quantity not quality' as the aim of the game is to photograph as many
> different bird species within the Sunshine Coast area as possible. Each
> photo published is identified by a number [the number of spp taken by that
> photographer], the location and the date.
> Each photo needs to be identified by others in the group. By doing so we
> keep the emphasis on bird identification and sites for birding and not
> quality of image nor technical photography. Discussion of lenses and
> equipment is discouraged and conversations about birds, birding and
> locations are applauded. So far we have about 75 members and each year it
> has grown.
> At he risk of sounding smug it has been quite successful.
> Please check it out -
> Any questions from people who might like to start something similar for
> their area please send questions.
> Finally a reminder - we met once at Bowra in western Queensland while you
> were showing one of your South American guides around some Aussie sites....
> Cheers now
> Ken Cross
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> 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-cri
> sis/
> Cheers,
> Iain
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