Date: 2/28/17 8:08 am
From: Bruce Bartrug <bbartrug...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Owl again
I wonder if the controversy over the great gray might not be solved with an
appeal to respecting comfort distances. While it's true a warbler can
still find food in its immediate vicinity even with a photographer 25 feet
away, it's quite different for an owl that needs a hay field to hunt over.
Professional wildlife photographers don't harass their target species.
What is the purpose of an amateur needing to get so close, especially with
a 500mm lens? Is it for stock images? There are currently more than
enough excellent stock photos of great gray owls, and any additional images
would yield about $0.75 in that particular market. Or is getting close
just a personal objective, sort of like Hemingway proving he can still
shoot one more elephant? If you love the wildlife you are pursuing with a
camera, why would you purposely harass the animal? If you don't love your
wild photographic targets, perhaps it's time to move on to landscapes,
architecture, or portraits.


Bruce Bartrug
Nobleboro, Maine, USA

•The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but
because of those who look on and do nothing. - Albert Einstein
•In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence
of our friends. -Martin Luther King

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