The image below was 'created'. I have been experimenting with backyard bird photography and set up this cut branch just above a seed tray. I positioned it so the light was right and the perfect distance for my 200-400 f/4 Nikon with 1.4 TC. I am sitting comfortably in my garage shooting through a hole in the wall that is covered with camo cloth. I draped a green sheet over my fence 25 feet away for the backdrop. This allows me to shoot at f/8 or f/11 and still have the creamy backgrounds. I have a flash set up but never used it on this shot. I also use an app on my iPad that send bird calls to a small Bluetooth speaker near the feeder. I have just endeavored on this new genre of photography for me and this was my first customer. I have some things I will change after this first attempt to make it look more genuine like possible backgrounds with texture etc.
My question is: Does this qualify as wildlife photography? Once you know the story behind this image does it take anything away from it?