Once upon a time, I used to think it was a great hobby one could ever have. The great outdoor, wildlife, nature, green, blah blah blah... the 'nice' lists goes on and on and on..
I still think it's a great hobby and maybe the greatest(personally). I love being outdoor and even more in love with nature if I have my camera with me outdoor.
Birds are the main subject I am keen to photograph. But that doesn't make me a photographer neither a birdwatcher... the best part is, I get to experience both. Obviously, I am loving it and enjoying it very much. Fortunately for me, not to the extent I'd think it's better than sex!
We have an issue here in Malaysia about bird watching/photography that I'm sure also happens in other parts of the world. Using playbacks...
Believe or not, it's a very sensitive issue and surprised? I am not and I don't think you are too ...
Birdwatcher says don't but photographers says do it
I don't take sides. Personally, I think both are right and the world desperately needs both of them. However, like any other matter in our lives, there should be a limit in everything we do.
Both birdwatchers and bird photographers can't be selfish and not sharing their finds with the world. They need to promote nature conservation whether they are pros or not. Otherwise, their knowledge is a waste...at least that's what I think.
Let's Face It
To me, a birdwatcher with binoculars, sketches and notes could not educate and reach out further in the community. Nature conservation should be introduced to the younger generation as early as possible. Birdwatchers with their wisdom have the responsibility to do this.
It's a digital world now and I'm afraid analog technology is quite left behind ...and even becoming obsolete. Let's face it..the new generation are more techno savvy.
Seeing Is Believing
This is where the photographers have the edge and could attract the attention of the smarter younger generation. Nonetheless, birdwatcher journals are needed. More often than not, they are taken in a more natural manner where no alternative measure such as playbacks were used to document it.
The details of the bird or the environment they were in that could be recorded in the notes of the birdwatcher can now be clearly visualized with the aid of the photograph taken by the photographers. They are instances when they have to use playbacks to attract birds to get a better photo.
To me, this is specially important for rarer and elusive birds...Seeing is believing, the kids need that to digest whatever information we want to feed them with.
Seriously, Why Not?
Playbacks... why not? Some birds are busybody.. try whistling in a jungle, I can assure you there will be a reply or more... They even get closer to check you out. Birds are of many personalities like us human. Some are friendlier, some are shy, grumpy...Wanna know who and what? fantails-friendly, forktails-shy, notails-grumpy! Just kidding..Wood swallows can be very grumpy and attacks human!
Having said so, some bird does respond to playbacks and some doesn't. So, read a little more and know your birds to know your limit. You wouldn't want to rock the jungle hoping for something that would not show up! Have respect for nature, in peace is where the best result is achieved.
Perhaps, the world could be a better place if the birdwatchers and the bird photographers could form a partnership and start educating the world together...
Let there be light and peace!..
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