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...> >