Ethics in Bird-Photography

To: Tom Tarrant <>, Birding Aus <>
Subject: Ethics in Bird-Photography
From: Denise Goodfellow <>
Date: Wed, 05 Jun 2013 11:58:30 +0930
One of the most often mentioned dislikes in my research on US birders was
photographers who did this sort of thing.

As a guide I occasionally have had to stop this sort of behaviour.  My
approach is not to show clients nesting birds.

Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow
PO Box 71, NT 0841
043 8650 835

On 5/6/13 9:06 AM, "Tom Tarrant" <> wrote:

> Recently a birding-friend asked me an interesting question regarding
> bird-photography ethics, he found a picture in the National Geographic
> magazine that showed an adult bird feeding a fledgling away from the nest
> on a rather artificial-looking perch and wondered if the young bird had
> been taken from the nest by a photographer to create a 'better-looking'
> photograph.
> H
> e sent me a link to the photo but I'm not going to post it publicly, as it
> could be legitimate and he doesn't want to unfairly accuse someone but he
> would like to approach Nat Geo regarding the matter.
> This is part of what he wrote:
> ***"I don't want unfairly publicly accuse someone. I may write directly to
> National Geographic but I want to canvas the views of a few experts first.
> Would you also be able to discreetly ask acquaintances you think may be
> able to give an informed opinion or help provide a suitable response to
> NatGeo? There are many other photos on the internet showing chicks which I
> suspect were removed from their nests in the quest for a clearer shot. I've
> heard of a number of cases of nest abandonment due to excessive and very
> close approaches by photographers. Saw more than 10 photographers in Kaeng
> Krachan (Thailand) crowding rather too closely around an Orange-bellied
> Trogon on a nest. Although I don't know what the outcome was in that one.*
> "
> Would love to hear your opinion on the subject either on this forum or
> indirectly to me and I will pass on any messages. I will also cross-post
> this on the Orientalbirding mailing-list.
> Tom


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