Birdwatcher or bird counter?

Forty years ago, being a Birdwatcher meant a great deal, love for Nature and a superlative appreciation for birds and everything they represent on the planet. Trekking or staying in a blind watching birds, listening to their songs and calls, enjoying the environments where they live, was and is a must. If anything compares to that it might be scuba diving.
Gradually everything changed, counting birds was about to become the obsession it is today, seeing (I reckon I saw it) or listening (I reckon I listened to it).....the important thing seems to be the "check list" at the end of the day. The bigger the list the more important we feel and if we are in a  250-1000$/day "Birdwatchers Trip"....well paid the money. The matter has reached such ridiculous proportions that some people say they "registered" over 300 birds per day, something almost impossible unless you are in a very big Zoo. By the way me must remember that birds are more frequently seen at dawn and dusk.
On my side, birding rapidly changed into bird photography,  publishing a book 10 years later. Then I switched to video and produced countless guides and documentaries, my footage has over 700 RECORDED species, evidence that not only have been seen but recorded (professionally): appearance, behavior and interaction with the environment and other species, something I consider not only a way to enjoy myself but being a important contribution to  the knowledge of present and future generations.

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