The purists vs. the baiters: Fowl play in Ottawa's birding country
Ottawa & Re

By Tom Spears, Ottawa Sun, February 9, 2017

Shouting matches and crude language have invaded a world of bucolic harmony: birding.

The bird world has rival human factions: purists who admire birds from a distance, and some photographers who put out bait — live mice from a pet store — to get the dramatic shot of a bird of prey swooping in.The two sides don’t play nicely.

And conflict has grown since digital cameras opened up nature photography to amateurs, while cellphones, Facebook and GPS help crowds converge on rare birds.

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