Bird photographers - OK to feed birds to attract them?

10 months 1 week ago #665673 by Richard K Photography
I'm kind of new to bird photography.  If you are out in nature, are there any ethical lines I would be crossing if I baited birds into a pre-selected frame?  Just to be clear, I'll be in a field, there is no harm that could happen to the birds.  They just get a free meal, and I get my shot.  

Is this OK?


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10 months 1 week ago #665732 by effron
It is in my book, others will disagree. I feed them anyway, photographing them or not. 

Why so serious?
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10 months 1 week ago #665755 by Nikon Shooter
I am not a birder in any way but I often shoot birds at the marsh.
There, I don't have to set baits but the subjects choice is limited
to water birds and the occasional winged visitor.

In my book, the end picture is the main point. If baiting is required,
then use it. I don't mind seeing the bird eat but what I don't appre-
ciate (as photographer/image hunter) is to see the bait or feeder in
the shot.

Some ingenious birders propose ways to get better kinds of shots.

Light is free… capturing it is not!
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10 months 1 week ago #665841 by effron
Upon further review, I don't like live baiting like some do to photograph Snowy Owls for example, using live mice trapped in a box. I hate mice but the technique doesn't sit with me. Of course, YMMV.

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10 months 1 week ago #665846 by fmw
I would imagine the wild birds would love for you to feed them.  My wife keeps a small city of bird feeders in the back yard.  The birds seem to love them and my wife loves having the birds around.


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10 months 1 week ago #665867 by effron
There are some benefits, Birds in our area (N central New England) suffer about a 50% die off in winter. I feed and water them through the rough months. I used to have certain beetle and fruit tree killing worms/caterpillars until many local birds began nesting here in spring. When the bugs come out, most Chickadees, Titmice, Cardinals and a few others prefer to eat them and the last few years I've had NO infestations. That's a good deal.

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10 months 1 week ago #665868 by garyrhook

effron wrote: I used to have certain beetle and fruit tree killing worms/caterpillars until many local birds began nesting here in spring. When the bugs come out, most Chickadees, Titmice, Cardinals and a few others prefer to eat them and the last few years I've had NO infestations. That's a good deal.


A winning system for everyone but the bugs. Sweet.


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