There is a celebrity around our local pond – an undisputed star – which attracts photographers from near and far. The kingfisher. Admittedly, he is quite a natural talent with his bright contrasting feathers, the long beak, and his habit to sit calmly on his outlook during fishing. Still, I cannot comprehend how he seems to be the only subject that some photographers are striving towards. Because all the other birds are equally as beautiful and interesting. And because it’s starting to become a real problem if (on weekends) 3 or more people are chasing after a single individual who just wants to be left alone with his fish. But, as you can see, I am not guiltless too. I guess it is the intrinsic disparity in photographing wild animals: to invade without disturbing, to approach without chasing. And it is what brings the interest and excitement. But sometimes I wish people would be more considerate of their little feathered friends.
“The intrinsic disparity in photographing wild animals: to invade without disturbing, to approach without chasing” – beautifully said. Kingfishers are amazing birds. Whenever I photograph them, I keep the exact position to myself. No one needs to know. If I hide well enough for the birds, I am usually not seen by humans either. That helps. And if someone asks what exactly I am photographing, I am not naming the exact species… Because people do not follow your saying. People have lost their connection to nature.
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