Date: 11/8/21 12:19 pm From: Ellynne Rey <ellynnerey...> Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
Yes to this.
I want to say that this is the first time in a few years of observing and
photographing snowies that I’ve consistently seen people behaving with
respect to this beautiful and special bird. I wasn’t there today. But 30
feet is way too close. There is never a need to be that near the bird, and
if you see people doing that please ask them to back off to give the animal
There is no way a snowy will not be an attention getter. However, the more
people help out by reminding them of protocols the better.
I went to photograph harriers Sunday and of course observed the owl. I saw
respectful unobtrusive behavior the time I was there. I hope DEEP does
monitor, or at least a volunteer group with species & etiquette knowledge.
I’d volunteer if there were a group created and available to be trained.
On Monday, November 8, 2021, Larry Havey <ldhavey...> wrote:
> 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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