With the beautiful mountains of the Himalayas surrounding us, along with incredible fresh air, we ventured into the woodland areas searching for interesting subjects. With Caesar, and 3 drivers, 2 guides, we were able to locate several excellent species.
Study and Patience.
While we all would trek around looking for something cool to photograph, I would look for these birds to show me some kind of habits. A couple species were nesting, and feeding babies, so we could take advantage of this situation. Keeping a good distance from the nest is critical, so we so not interfere with the “work at hand!”
As an instructor, I feel it is a top priority to teach good birding ethics to my groups. First and foremost, is to always be a respectable distance from our subjects. In time, we can move in closer, but the key is to let the birds get used to our presence, they will eventually realize that we are not a threat.
We can tell by their body movements, and how often they will return with food. If they come in to the nest with reasonable comfort, we know we are maintaining proper ethics. I try to teach folks how to read the birds minds, using simple interpretations of their actions, and calls. we have all seen distressed birds, every time we open a door to our back yards, birds flush.
The key here is to give them time. Each species, and each individual bird has its own comfort zone. A photographer would be wise to stay way back and watch, then learn how to become part of the landscape, and enjoy the encounter with nature. Success with this approach is very rewarding, not only with fine images, but knowing you are interacting with our birds in a non-invasive manner.
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