You are drawing the wrong conclusion. Photoshop/photo adjusting is sometimes needed to make photos comply with the site standards. That has nothing to do with considering yourself a photographer or not. The shot with the bird is interesting, but not meeting site standards. It is as simple as that. And I am sure the photographer took more shots when he saw the bird in his viewer when taking the shot. And for your information, I routinely remove windmills from my shots because I grew up photographing ships in Rotterdam without those in the background. In your definition I can now fortunately think of me as a photographer.
I don't think that removing something from a photo just to meet site's standard is good. The rules should be done around the photos. Not only mine, but there were a lot of interesting photos which were deleted because it didn't fulfill the standards. Why do you remove the windmills? they are part of the landscape. those are not photographs, but some digital edited images. Not photographs. 28/05/16 - Opening quote tag added - Admin Cody