Date: 11/8/21 11:20 am
From: Charlie Bostwick <bostwick.charlie...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
What would be considered a safe distance for a Snowy Owl?

> On Nov 8, 2021, at 11:16 AM, Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...> wrote:
>
> All – Since hearing reports of people getting too close to a Snowy Owl last week, I have been working with Kathy Van Der Aue of the COA to see whether we can get help (CT DEEP, EnCon, USFWS, etc.) when these situations spin out of control.
>
> I will post when we have information to share, but given the situation happening now I am personally following up on this.
>
> Stay tuned.
>
> Chuck Imbergamo
> CT Birds Moderator
> Madison
>
> From: Larry Havey
> Sent: Monday, November 8, 2021 1:49 PM
> To: ctbirds@lists ctbirding. org
> Subject: [CT Birds] Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
>
> This is a general plea requesting that those seeking to photograph certain
> birds, particularly birds drawing crowds of birders, be willing to exercise
> some added restraint and accept a somewhat less than perfect photo in
> exchange for the greater good of both the bird and your fellow birders. A
> crowd of 20 people ~30 feet from a Snowy Owl was at the very least a
> constant distraction to the owl this morning. Whether or not the bird was
> stressed is beyond my ability to determine, so I will not even speculate.
> But every movement, every noise from that many people at such a close
> distance repeatedly commanded the owl's attention.
>
> This is an entirely polite ask, and not intended to stir up yet more debate
> or to condemn photographers in any way. So let's all avoid doing either of
> these things. I enjoy your photographs as much as anyone, but I'd still
> appreciate them all the same if you gave birds in these particular
> situations a bit more space.
>
> Thank you,
> Larry Havey
> Bethel, CT
>
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