Date: 2/28/17 8:47 am
From: Mark Szantyr <birddog55...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Owl again
I think that the crux of the problem is not photographers, but the number of birders, with or without cameras, that constantly attend and re-attend a bird throughout its stay making a constant source of disturbance whether at 30 or 300 feet. At least most bird photographers are hunkered down, in camouflage, and quiet during their visit. I have come to avoid the LOUD colorful social gatherings at bird sightings that I believe provide far more disturbance to the birds and food sources. Back in the good old days, people arrived at a rarity and qietly studied the bird. Now it is party time. Every day till the bird leaves. Its annoying to me. I imagine also to the birds.

Mark Szantyr

"He's not my President"
Sic Semper Tyrannis





Mark Szantyr

"He's not my President"
Sic Semper Tyrannis.
Remove Trump and his Villains


> On Feb 28, 2017, at 11:08 AM, Bruce Bartrug <bbartrug...> wrote:
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> 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.
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