Help Finding and Identifying Birds (Two Photographs)
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I have written a lot about taking photographs of birds and why a slight head turn is better and more impactful than a profile shot. I have not yet written about the great secret to finding birds. While some photographers and birders do not see eye to eye, it is clear why that is the case. Birding scopes are far more powerful than any affordable lens, and photographers have to get a lot closer to get the same view of a bird. So photographers risk frightening their subject away, while the birders can stand back and enjoy the view. I thought this was understood until I was standing with a birder friend on a ridge looking for hawks. He had a look through my camera and I looked through his scope, we were both impressed. His comment was he now understood that large lenses don’t get you as close as he thought. Then we discussed why photographing through a bird scope, while possible, would not lead to the best quality results. Having said all this, making friends with birders, finding friendly nature and birding groups will give you more tips on birds and birding than any book and cost a lot less than a hired guide.