Date: 2/27/17 3:15 am
From: Richard Harris Podolsky <richardpodolsky...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Great Grey
I only went because it was so close to my home - 20 mins! Plus I haven't seen a great grey in over 20 years. Generally the embarrassment and mortification I experience at rare bird stake-outs overwhelms any desire to see a rarity. I'd rather stay home and watch a nuthatch.

To the few birders staying on the road, out of the field or at least 300-500 feet away I applaud you. To the folks sticking their lenses in the owls face from 20-30 feet away, shame on you.

Yesterday I heard on good authority that "long lenses" were harassing the bird at times from 20-30 feet away! Imagine what that must look like to a creature with the visual accuity of an great grey owl? I thought the whole point of huge lenses were to get shots from a distance. Talk about overcompensation! Who sticks a 600mm lenses in the face of a rare owl here in search of food??! Who does that? Well, now we know.

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