Night photography

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Subject: Night photography
From: Ákos Lumnitzer <>
Date: Fri, 6 Nov 2009 14:52:01 +1100
Hi birders

Firstly, apologies if this is a subject that had been discussed before.

Can anyone shed light on photographing nocturnal birds, or to be more
specific, the impact of shining a torch on them and taking a photo using
flash? Is there any scientific research that had been done to support
people claiming that it is bad practice? Any papers (or pointing me to
specific ones) dealing with this subject would be most appreciated, or at
least some authors and their relevant scientific research articles. I
should still be able to log into my uni online database to retrieve
articles despite just having graduated six weeks ago.

Would a flash (camera flash) be like a lighting strike nearby? Would it
really be THAT harmful to the nocturnal birds? night vision?

Thanks and regards


Ákos Lumnitzer


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