I have to agree with you, I've seen some great wildlife shots where the artist doesn't even mention a single word about where they were or what the encounter was like, not even what the species is . I'm just guessing and not talking from experience that the majority of people in the photo groups will be into the technical side of the media. I'll be honest, there's a lot about camera equipment that goes over my head and a lot of what comes with the one I have I never use. I just want to be able to point and capture what I see before the light changes or whatever I saw goes away.
A lot of photographers seem to like to talk about things such as shutter speed, aperture settings, SLR/DSLR, etc... and that's all well and good, but when a wildlife photographer is out in the field, he doesn't have time to change those things when a photo opportunity arises.
Most of the time I'll set my camera to its best action-capture or multi-capture settings, attach my longest-range lens, and just go. If I'm working in fading light, I turn the settings to automatic, maybe change my lens's light filter, and keep shooting until the movements of my subjects start to get blurry in the photos.
I ID all of my photos, because as someone who does quite a bit of environmental education, I find it contradictory not to tell people what they're looking at.
What you need is a group that specifically deals with spontaneous photography, the difference between someone sitting in a hide waiting for the wildlife with time to adjust settings and someone who goes looking for the wildlife who's too busy for such.
"I ain't got no time to pose, dammit!"
The IDs are especially true with bugs and flowers (I'm guilty with flowers), it drives me crazy to no end to see a really interesting one and have no clue what to search for to find more. A Google search for "shiny green beetle" doesn't narrow it down.
And even if you're waiting around in a hide or blind, you don't always have time to adjust camera settings. Like you pointed out, animals don't pose for the camera.
Bugs are almost always difficult to ID... Entemology is one of the hardest biology fields when it comes to studying the animal kingdom. Insects make up 90% of animal life on earth, so sometimes you're lucky to just be able to narrow the ID down to the Family group and the local common name.
Plants are a bit easier if you have a few good field guides and understand some of the key characteristics of specific families. But it's best to have a wide range of specialty field guides to help you. I'm still looking for a decent guide to grasses...
I'm actually a member of several nature/animal/bird photography groups... the problem I find is that most people who leave comments are asking about submission/joining rules they don't understand or talking about the various upcoming contests. There really aren't a lot of conversations about the actual photography process there.
Perhaps, but the idea that we need to be plugged into technology 24/7 irks me. And I find that Facebook and Twitter promote that attitude more than any other sites. Whatever happened to face-to-face encounters with people over a good meal or a cup of coffee?
It's promoting it, but it's not a reality you necessarily have to go through. If you can use facebook as a tool to get help you (and perhaps even schedule a face-to-face encounter), then stop whining about it and utilize it.
I'll whine about it as much as I care to, because I have way too many friends who have gotten pissed at me for not being plugged in constantly. I have even had a professor who has deducted points from my grade, because I failed to check my messages before bed to know a class had been rescheduled for the next morning. That is utter bullshit right there.