Bird photographers may be beneficial to nesting sites, new study shows

Potrait of a babbler perched on a rusted fence with a colorful bokeh background
This is a babbler perched on a fence, but not a Nonggang Babbler. If you've got an image of the Nonggang Babbler we'd love to hear from you (Image credit: Mayur Kotlikar via Getty Images)

A PhD student at Guangxi University in China has made a surprising discovery about how photographers affect the nesting sites of the Nonggang Babbler. While you would assume that any sort of photography close to nesting sites would be disruptive, this study shows that the opposite is true.

It’s no secret that bird and wildlife photographers can have a bit of a reputation for disrupting the animals they're photographing. From flying drones too close to flamingos to flying one so close to an alligator it actually tried to eat it, more often than not wildlife photographers get a bad rep for negatively affecting animals. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.