Date: 2/27/17 6:35 am
From: Stuart Johnson <johnson.stuart.c...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Great Grey
Just imagine the sheer terror that owl felt when it saw people getting of
their cars over 500 feet away, watching them march closer and closer. The
poor owl frozen in fear as the "long lens" got to within inches of its
beak. That owl, moments away from death from heart failure, pecking that
"long lens" to see if it was eatable.

On Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 6:15 AM, Richard Harris Podolsky <
<richardpodolsky...> wrote:

> 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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