I'm a bird photographer also, I agree/ most/ Australian photographers behave
themselves when out getting shots, putting the welfare of the subject first.
But these ethics take time to embed.
Not always the case in Asia unfortunately as I have seen when over there with
large groups mobbing nesting birds or using playback incessantly. Luckily if
that is the right word many species become tolerant of the particular call and
soon ignore it, but not all unfortunately..
But as I've found over the years in all pursuits and walks of life there are
some who think the rules apply to someone else, be it drivers on the road, bird
photographers, twitchers, fishermen etc etc. and they are generally evenly
distributed and in similar percentages among those populations.
Photographers of course are highly visible carrying those big lenses around the
I am wondering if it is a slow time of year and it is time to have a bash at
the bird photographer once again! Honestly you are talking about things of
the past. I do not know of any and I repeat any current bird photographer
that I know of in Australia who does the sort of thing that people here are
talking about. In the past these techniques of photographing birds at the
nest and pruning shrubs was most certainly done, as in the old days it was
the only way to photograph some of the more secretive species and this
cannot be denied. But it is a technique of the past not the present as we as
a responsible group, I am including the Australian Birdlife Photography
group which as some of you will know has a strict code of ethics for
photographing birds. The event of modern digital cameras and the length of
the lenses used takes away any need for being close to a nest and almost
most photographs these days are taken nowhere near nests as well. So please
put away your guns and we promise not to come out with chainsaws!
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