Bird photography tours are essentially a workshop of sorts. It is not really the bird watching which is placed under a learning scrutiny but the photography part. Bird watching is a hobby enjoyed by millions around the world. It is a sure fire way to get out into nature and keep building upon a pastime which is seemingly endless. The reason for this is the fact that there are many thousands of bird species and taking the time out to spot them all will take decades. Bird photography tours are a popular new avenue due to the need of records.
Every avid bird watcher keeps a journal of sorts where they have a record of each species of bird that they have encountered during their outings. When it comes to international travel where you would probably only visit the area once or twice, you would want to have a photographic keepsake of the bird. Sketching is probably a route many go to but this is not viable when you are traveling internationally when your time is very limited. This is where bird photography tours comes into the picture. Within a split second, birders are able to capture any new species that they come into contact with.
Bird photography tours teach birders how to use a camera to get that fast shot into a pretty picture or how to manipulate camera settings into getting something a bit more upbeat and exotic. Since birding will already be known to majority of the tour group, this is not really where the focus with regard to learning will lie on a bird photography tours. A small portion of time is taken each day to introduce the group to new concepts in photography such as how to take advantage of natural elements. The rest of the day is spent towards bird watching. Learning the craft during bird photography tours is a godsend, because the guide is able to travel out with the group and watch as they put their education into practice, and since he is right there, there is the direct ability to tackle any issues ensuring a perfect learning opportunity.