Some people argue that in order to save nature, it needs an economic value. What service does it provide to society? What is it worth? For me, this photograph captures the manner in which many people value nature in their day-to-day lives. But I doubt that any monetary value can be placed on it. It's priceless. These small moments of closeness with creatures that are wild and free, brightens up the day. An opportunity to look outside of oneself and to connect with something greater. And the sheer joy of feeling 'chosen' by a small confiding bird, that should see you as a predator, can warm even the coldest of hearts.
But encounters like this are rare, so what drives people like me to go out into wild places in search of wildlife that almost certainly won't eat from your hand? Sometimes it takes hours before you see anything at all. Hours sat in a cold/damp/uncomfortable place just... waiting, or walking for miles until you stumble on something. But then it happens. You see something you have never seen before! A new species, a new behaviour, or some life and death drama as animals interact with one another. And once it bites you, it's addictive!
What will you see next?
behaviour and evolution