Digital cameras are fast becoming as essential to birding as binoculars and a field guide. A digital camera is a great tool to document unusual sightings, study field marks, refine your identification skills, remember a field trip, or share photos of beautiful birds with others. But have you ever taken so many photos you forgot which bird was where? In the past, the hassle and expense of using film cameras kept us in check. But with today’s digital cameras, it’s all too easy to rack up hundreds — even thousands — of photos on a single memory card.
All digital cameras record the time and date in each photo’s EXIF (Exchangeable Image File Format) file. But as birdwatchers, we’re often most interested in location: to document the observation of an accidental species, log a nest location for a breeding-bird survey, or communicate a find’s whereabouts to other birders.