Date: 11/29/18 3:07 pm
From: Lars Norgren <larspernorgren...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Dharma Center Bluebirds and a request from OBOL members
I'm always mystified why someone with that big a lens has to get so much
closer than the rest of us. The prairie is old driving range, not property
of DRZC. l hope Metro can acquire or lease it. The policy on DRZC property
is "all trails and natural areas" are open to public in daylight. The birds
have been ranging far and wide since at least Monday w/o it seeming to be a
response to human presence. Tuesday they went from the prairie to the
sports field west of 82nd and back about three times in under two hours.
Hopefully they're habituated. Lpn

On Thu, Nov 29, 2018, 2:17 PM Nagi Aboulenein <nagi.aboulenein...>

> Well said, David. Where there is a choice to be made between getting a
> good photo and not disturbing/harassing the bird (or other wildlife
> creature), the latter should always win out.
> A good reference for ethical bird photography is at
> .
> It can also be generalized readily to be applicable to general wildlife
> photography, not just birds.
> Nagi
> On Nov 29, 2018, 1:43 PM -0800, David Bailey <davidcbaileyoregon...>,
> wrote:
> 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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