ARE BIRDWATCHERS HAVING AN IDENTITY CRISIS?
The merging of photography and birding
gone out birding recently is sure to have noticed that birdwatchers increasingly use cameras in addition to, and sometimes as a replacement for, binoculars. Photographers are also spending more time observing birds and wildlife than they used to. Although the circumstantial evidence suggests a shift in focus within the hobby of birding, we at Tropical Birding wanted to come to a more empirical understanding of the shift, in order to best serve our clients. We did this by surveying thousands of people through our mailing lists and Facebook page (facebook.com/ TropicalBirding/), and were elated to get several hundred responses detailing people’s changing birding/wildlife watching/nature photography habits. The results left us amazed.
“The rarely seen crescentfaced antpitta is a bird not photographed on most photo tours, and rarely snapped on a birding tour, as it requires so much time to see the bird well enough for a photo.”