Date: 2/28/17 4:44 pm
From: Mike Larrivee <mlarrivee76...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Owl again
So I want to say that the Owl tonight was showing off to all the people
there, it was a great display. Everyone there was very respectful and kept
their distance and stayed together as a group. The owl was in a tree in
the distance and no one rushed the tree, with that patience the group was
allowed to see the owl hunt several times. We even got to see that the owl
was able to feed, the owl then flew to the far left of the field where it
continued to hunt and was successful. At this point people packed up and
started to leave, once at the top of the hill where the cemetary ends the
owl flew in and landed on a rock as if almost posing, it was a treat
because it came to us, after sitting there for 10 minutes or so it flew
within 30 feet of the group and posed again for about 10 minutes then flew
off. I am not writing to get into the middle of the bird harassment issues
just giving an update on tonights events it was spectacular.

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
> <bbar......> <javascript:>
> •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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