Birder's Guide

DEC 2013

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 17 of 51

Birding Photography B focus on birding, whether it is seeing more birds or learning more about irding and bird photography are, in many ways, incompatible. To truly birds, it is much better to observe and study birds through binoculars than through a viewfnder. Bird photography, on the other hand, takes a much larger amount of patience, requiring the photographer to remain stationary, focusing on "the photo" and often ignoring all of the other birds around. Sure, this is an oversimplifcation, but practically speaking, the most dedicated bird photographers are lugging around 500-plus-mm lenses, which are not conducive to the mobility usually required for active birding. Some will debate the merits of this argument, but for sake of conversation, let us assume that most birders are not focusing their time, effort, and money on being stationed behind a massive lens for a host of reasons. Therefore, what I want to talk about is not "bird photography" but "taking pictures while birding", or, as I call it, "birding photography". That means portability is a serious issue, as are time and fnancial investments. Few of us are willing to drop $25,000 or more on professional equipment for what amounts to a secondary pursuit. Photo © Franck Camhi. 16 Birder's Guide to Gear

Articles in this issue

Archives of this issue

view archives of Birder's Guide - DEC 2013