Date: 5/24/18 7:13 am From: Larry Trachtenberg <Trachtenberg...> Subject: RE: [nysbirds-l] Ruff at Heckscher Park - NO (Suffolk Co.)
Photographers definitely can be incredibly inconsiderate and chase away rare (or not rare) birds (and then deny it). Indeed, I remember the Gyrfalcon (like Ruff a bird I have never seen) spooked by a photographer at Blue Chip Farms who sacrilegiously uses the moniker “LarryBird.” However, I am not sure calling the police is really the way to go. So whether it’s birders v. photographers (redux), or anything of far more import in this world, not likely to change anytime soon. In the words of Rodney King, c. 1992 -- who suffered a far greater indignity than missing a ruff or a gyrfalcon:
“People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along? Can we get along? … I mean, we’re all stuck here for a while. Let’s try to work it out . . .” (Yeah, sure.)
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Subject: RE: [nysbirds-l] Ruff at Heckscher Park - NO (Suffolk Co.)
While, that is a viable punishment, safety of the bird is paramount and birders will have to be birders and do their own due diligence. In other words, find your own dam birds instead of chasing a list.
Just my opinion, YMMV.
Why is the solution always to punish the good birders who only want to enjoy looking at these rare birds?
Why not punishing the misbehaving birders/photographers?
If you see someone breaking the law by harassing a migratory bird or stepping on restricted area to get closer to it, call the police and photograph them being arrested. Then post their photo on social media and let it be a lesson to all the misbehaving birders.
This collective punishment doesn’t help any bird or birder.
Probably another successful chase away thanks to the photographers on the scene last night who relentlessly chased the bird from one pool to the other despite being told that the bird was best observed and photographed from the car.
Unfortunately the solution may be to no longer post birds to the list until after they’re gone.
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On May 24, 2018, at 8:22 AM, Ken F <feustel...><mailto:<feustel...>> wrote:
The previously reported Ruff at Heckscher State Park was not relocated this morning at about 7:00AM. However, it may still be here but becoming more elusive.