Date: 2/28/17 2:15 pm From: Richard Harris Podolsky <richardpodolsky...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Owl again
I know some find this back and forth tiresome - or maybe even devisive.
But we are all adults here and while opinions clearly vary - *lets keep
sharing and learning from each other! *That is what a good and healthy
forum like this is all about.
My beef was with the practice of leaving the road and entering into the
field to watch and photograph the bird. And the ABA Code of Birding
Ethics, posted by Kristen recommends, *not doing tha*t - specifically, "*1(d)
Stay on roads, trails, and paths where they exist; otherwise, keep habitat
disturbance to a minimum*." Good roads exist at both locales - lets use
them even if the land owners permits you to enter the fields - just say not
I did some checking and in the Birds of North America it states that
research has shown that wild, adult GGOW's *consume up to 7 Microtus -sized
prey items per day* during the winter months. So, even if you see the owl
catch a couple of voles during a few hours spent watching from within the
fields - the owl may have caught more mice if everyone stayed on the road
as ABA Code recommends. Clearly, we cannot be sure of that - but let us
err on the side of caution. We want this bird to go home and breed
I personally respect everyones opinions and I welcome any chance to be
enlightened from the research and field experience they have.
On Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 11:08:43 AM UTC-5, BAB wrote:
> 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