Date: 11/29/18 1:43 pm
From: David Bailey <davidcbaileyoregon...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Dharma Center Bluebirds and a request from OBOL members
The photographer as described was extremely selfish to approach a stakeout
so closely. If the birds are harassed they could find s new sight and many
hopeful birders may lose out on a memorable twitch. Unfortunately, this
happens often with overzealous photographers and stakeout bird, especially
the charismatic species like Snowy Owls and of course bluebirds. Sometimes
these folks are birders/twitches and sometimes they are more hobbies
photographers. Either way, shame on them.

David C. Bailey
Seaside Oregon

On Thu, Nov 29, 2018, 13:22 Jim Danzenbaker <jdanzenbaker...> wrote:

> OBOLers,
> I made the pilgrimage to see the Eastern Bluebirds this morning. After a
> half hour wait, they magically appeared (~!!:30) in their usual hover
> hunting behavior close to the "yellow tree" to the west of the Dharma
> Center parking lot. Thanks to those who have posted directions and tips
> for seeing these birds.
> While I was there, several birders mentioned to me that the bluebirds had
> been in the field before I arrived but were no longer there due to a
> photographer who had walked out into the field with his long camo covered
> lens and was sitting on the ground next to the "pond" waiting for the birds
> to return. If he was trying to stay camouflaged, it didn't work since he
> wore a bright yellow jacket. I had a problem with this for several reasons:
> 1.) Walking out into the field where there were no trails. I thought this
> was Dharma Center property.
> 2.) Positioning oneself right next to where the bluebirds were known to
> favor.
> I took a recognizable photo of the photographer. When the bluebirds did
> return, the photographer increased his height so he could get more
> photographs. This reduced the amount of time that the bluebirds stayed at
> the location. Within about 5 minutes, the bluebirds left again.
> Question for the OBOL community:
> 1.) Should I publicly shame this photographer for his behavior
> (encroaching on the bluebirds and walking out in the field) and post a
> photo of him to OBOL.*
> 2.) Should I forget it and move on.
> * given that OBOL or OBA has a regular photo contest, I don't want this
> photographer to get credit for a great photo given what he did to get it.
> Please e-mail me privately with your feedback.
> I know that the bluebirds have been returning to this location and may
> have been here for two months and may well stay here for the entire
> winter. I don't think this means that its ok for people to walk out into
> the field to get a photograph which may adversely affect the movements and
> feeding habits of these birds.
> Thanks for your patience in reading this and I appreciate your feedback.
> Keep your eyes and ears skyward.
> Jim
> --
> Jim Danzenbaker
> Battle Ground, WA
> 360-702-9395
> <jdanzenbaker...>

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