It has been revealed by a scientific study that ecotourists (and certainly wildlife photographers like you and me are falling in this category) are actually much more disturbing to wildlife than initially supposed. As written by New Scientist, “The sound of even a quiet conversation caused the birds [hoatzins in the Amazonian forest] to begin clucking and defecating – a common defense response – at longer approach distances than for quiet approaches.”
So, if you want to make a good photo, if you want to limit your impact on Nature when shooting photos, forget about speaking, concentrate on the image and think about not frightening your models. Shouldn’t that be the a natural way to approach wildlife photography?
photo credit: Veronique Debord