THERE HAS BEEN A PAR­A­DIGM SHIFT IN THE WAY WE BIRD, BUT WE ARE STILL BIRD­WATCH­ERS

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Spotted Hyenas -

There has been an un­de­ni­able shift in fo­cus for at least 40% of bird­watch­ers, who are now in­clud­ing pho­tog­ra­phy as a vi­tal com­po­nent of their bird­ing. This is not nec­es­sar­ily an at­tempt to take pub­li­ca­tion-qual­ity pho­tos, but rather a way of pre­serv­ing a bird­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, per­haps to share it on so­cial me­dia, and for many, to aid in the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of tricky species or to doc­u­ment rar­i­ties. Bird­watch­ers take pho­to­graphs with a va­ri­ety of equip­ment, in­clud­ing digi-scop­ing adap­tors, point-and­shoots, mi­cro four-thirds and SLRs with whoop­ing great lenses. How­ever the cam­era is now a vi­tal tool in their arse­nal, even as see­ing and en­joy­ing birds re­mains the most im­por­tant ele­ment of their hobby. ( Turn page for more info.)

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