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How I Learned to Safely Photograph Beach-Nesting Birds

How I Learned to Safely Photograph Beach-Nesting Birds

— Nesting shorebirds like Piping Plovers and Least Terns are sensitive and skittish. Here’s how to take better photos while respecting their space.
Why Baiting Owls Is Not the Same as Feeding Backyard Birds

Why Baiting Owls Is Not the Same as Feeding Backyard Birds

— Some people question the difference between the two. There is a distinction—and the lives of birds depend on it.
Can’t Photographers and Birders Just Get Along?

Can’t Photographers and Birders Just Get Along?

— The rivalry needs to stop—for the good of the birds.
Why Closer Is Not Always Better When Photographing Birds

Why Closer Is Not Always Better When Photographing Birds

— The impulse to shoot your subject at close range can be powerful, but there are several reasons why that's not best for the animal—or the image.
Is Flash Photography Safe for Owls?

Is Flash Photography Safe for Owls?

— Their big, round eyes make them alluring subjects, but impairing an owl's vision, even briefly, might have negative consequences.
Why You Shouldn't Feed or Bait Owls

Why You Shouldn't Feed or Bait Owls

— Some photographers use live mice or even cat toys to attract owls for an action shot. The photo isn't worth it—here's why.
Rare-Bird Sightings: Share or Shut Up?

Rare-Bird Sightings: Share or Shut Up?

— Before you post a photo on Facebook—or even take the shot in the first place—consider the bird's well-being.
Do’s and Don’ts of Nest Photography

Do’s and Don’ts of Nest Photography

— You should always photograph birds responsibly. But you have to be extra responsible during nesting season.
How to Use Birdcall Apps

How to Use Birdcall Apps

— Apps that play birdsong can be a terrific tool for birders and bird photographers—as long as they’re used responsibly.
Too Close for Comfort

Too Close for Comfort

— In the desire to get the perfect shot, some photographers push the limits, jeopardizing the wildlife they adore. Can’t we all just get along?