The most important rule of bird photography? Do no harm. Here you’ll find guidelines and tips to help you ensure that your perfect shot doesn’t come at the expense of your subject.
Audubon’s Guide to Ethical Bird Photography
Respect for birds and their habitats must come before getting that perfect shot. Here's how to be a responsible bird photographer.
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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.
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?
When It's Okay (or Not) to Feed Birds
Providing food—for photography or simple enjoyment—can be a thorny issue. For guidance, ask yourself these three questions.
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.
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.
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.
Five Rules for Photographing Bald Eagle Nests
Everyone wants that shot of a Baldie with eaglets. Here’s how to get one without disturbing the 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.
Dos and Don’ts of Nest Photography
You should always photograph birds responsibly. But you have to be extra responsible during nesting season.
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.
Can’t Photographers and Birders Just Get Along?
The rivalry needs to stop—for the good of the birds.
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.