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Maybe us old Profs see things a bit differently . The photos that mean the most to me are the ones that show a natural view of the animal as a part of its habitat, doing things they do naturally and undisturbed by the photographer.
When I see an animal in its habitat, I don't see it against a blurred, out of focus background. The blurred background is what a camera records. I also prefer to photograph an undisturbed animal. If it is alert and staring at me, about to flee, I have disturbed it. That doesn't mean I prefer static, cud-chewing, docile shots. Wildlife critters do lots of interesting thing normally and that is what I prefer to record. If it has a naturally cluttered background, so be it.
I realize that my preferences are not the standard, but for me it's the"norm."