Date: 4/16/17 6:24 pm
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185...>
Subject: Re: Ethics: Sensitive Species / Nesting Raptor Reporting
It has been interesting to watch the evolution of photography in what was solely a binoculars and spotting scope toting activity. I have met a lot of photographers who have not been able to name the birds they were photographing, but, at least they were appreciating the beauty of birds.

We ran into some very rude and disrespectful photographers at Ding Darling NWR on Sanibel in Florida this year. We were all standing near an osprey nest that had nearly full grown chicks when the banter started up. They got louder and louder and were laughing so loud that the adult on the nest would turn to look down at these people. I did suggest to the manager that they put a sign up below the nest asking people to stay quiet. Shocks me that you would even have to tell adults to be quiet around a nest.

In retrospect, I wish I had had the guts to tell them myself but by then I was so angry and annoyed that I was afraid I would say something I might regret. Next time, I will be the adult and ask them to keep it down.

Have a good night.


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

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> On Apr 16, 2017, at 5:01 PM, Dan Wolfe <wolfpack50...> wrote:
> I understand what everyone is saying and that's a shame about the snowy owl. Everyone (birders and photographers)coming to see the snowy owl in NW Pa were respectable of the owls comfort zone staying a great distance from it. However today two of us are in our cars photographing Soras and Rails along the waters edge and a birder walks right up and down the waters edge behind, in between and in front of our cars. There were birds close by but well hid thanks to a birder interrupting the comfort zone of these birds. We've got plenty of pictures from staying in the cars until something like this happens. No doubt there are issues from both groups.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Ann Pettigrew" <rook185...>
> To: <PABIRDS...>
> Sent: Sunday, April 16, 2017 2:18:19 AM
> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] 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
> <rook185...>
> 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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