Having been a birder for 30 years and a serious photographer for the last ten I can be objective in the battle between birder and photographer. An appearance of a Snowy Owl usually makes this battle escalate. This year the irruption of Snowy Owls is unprecedented. They can be found with very little effort. I’m happy to say that this year the contentiousness hasn’t materialized. I’ve been out and photographed 4 different owls thus far (photos of 3 of them below) and haven’t found any bad behavior yet :-).
Something I’ve always want to talk about. Serious photographers DON’T want to chase birds (all birds). The obvious reason is if the bird flies there is no photo op. Of course, many times I’ve seen birds flushed through the photogs over-exuberance, short lens and/or ignorance. I’ve seen some of the same behavior with birders as well. Rather than getting crazy by the offenders actions I think, instead, we should try to educate the person. Most times it works. OK I’m off my soap box.
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