well put, bob. for me, if birdwatching is 100% awe and wonder, bird photography is about 97% disappointment - which is just about my average scratch rate. i have long ways to go in this area but i will keep trying at every opportunity. as many among us say 'shoot and shoot, ask questions later; then shoot and shoot again!. observation, study, documentation, conservation and protection are my top priorities over art and preservation of visual pleasure. to me, the thing that instantly kills my joy in birding is a more sinister form of the 'shoot and shoot, ask questions later' passion - poaching and the pinoy 'tirador' culture. people see an interesting bird and they all evaporate and come back with guns and slingshots of all types. and judging from the responses in the other related threads in this forum, hunters and poachers also put the fear and danger factor in birding and bird photography.
our people need to understand more, appreciate more and be motivated to conserve and protect. prioritize the common people because they are the more numerous and thus account for much of the damage. birders and bird photographers need to reach out more and shed-off the reputation/perception of exclusiveness and that one must be rich to pursue this passion and advocacy. if we have the people on our side, and get the government to properly implement the law and related programs, all the other disappointments and minuses of birding and bird photography fade to triviality and minor inconveniences.