Without getting too political, I would say that recent attempts to sell off public lands to the highest corporate bidder have highlighted the importance of a birder-hunter conservation alliance. Hunters actually put up the greatest resistance to the proposed sales, and as a result many of the politicians pushing for those sales backed off for fear of marginalizing the hunting and gun-owning voting block. I don't understand hunting and I never will, but that doesn't mean that hunters can't be powerful allies in the conservation fight moving forward. It's really important to see that we have more in common than might be gleaned from a quick and dirty, surface inspection. Like I said, I write more about this connection in my essay in the book.
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Here's one I got at my local patch yesterday afternoon. I just went over there with my camera to work out a few settings before my trip and BAM - I unexpectedly got this!
Ruddy Duck - Oxyura jamaicensis
Canon 400mm f/4 IS DO II + 2x III TC on EOS 1D Mark IV
1/1600 at f/8, ISO 640, handheld