Date: 4/15/17 11:18 pm
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185...>
Subject: Re: Ethics: Sensitive Species / Nesting Raptor Reporting
I will never forget watching a man with a long lens hike out into a field in Lancaster County to get a closer shot of a snowy owl. He eventually flushed it. Not sure what possessed him to do that.

Good advice to share, Ted.

Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
York, PA

Sent from my iPad

> On Apr 15, 2017, at 10:32 PM, Ted Nichols II <tanicholsii...> wrote:
> This has been posted on the various statewide Facebook groups due to some
> recent situations and I also feel it is beneficial to share here...
> for the well-being of owls in a certain part our state. Several of us
> received reports this week of an individual clearing brush on State Game
> Lands in front of a increasingly-known cavity being used by Eastern
> Screech-Owls to get closer for a picture. The Game Commission is aware of
> this situation. Reports were also received today of individuals at the
> location of a possible nesting Barred Owl pair playing vocalizations
> attempting to draw the owls out and/or closer. This behavior is
> unacceptable! Please keep information on nesting raptors/sensitive species
> close hold and do not post to this group. Be mindful of who you are sharing
> information with. Many of us wait until the breeding season has ended to
> add information of this sort to eBird checklists. Please take time to
> review this eBird link (
> ) on "Guidelines for Reporting Sensitive Species" which includes the ABA
> Code of Birding Ethics. Our actions as birders or photographers should not
> be negatively impacting birds or jeopardizing their well-being!
> ALSO...
> If you're photographing birds, take time to read the article "Why Closer Is
> Not Always Better When Photographing Birds" from Audubon @
> "We can have a profound impact on the subjects we photograph in nature. The
> urge to get close will always be there. In some cases these images feel
> rewarding when we capture them. But it isn’t always better. Consider taking
> a step back instead of forward. Consider the well-being of your subject
> first. Consider watching your subject to glean greater understanding of its
> behaviors, so that you can capture more unique images later. And consider
> if an environmental shot showcasing your subject is better for both your
> photography and the animal."
> Regards,
> Ted Nichols II
> Annville, Pa. (Lebanon County)
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