[CT Birds] Plovers and photographers

Mark Szantyr birddog55 at charter.net
Fri Jul 25 01:20:28 EDT 2008


Oops...I forgot to include the hard work DEP does in this project as 
well....sorry Jenny, Julie, etc.

Mark
Mark S. Szantyr
80 Bicknell Road #9
Ashford, Connecticut 06278
860-487-9766
Birddog55 at charter.net
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mark Szantyr" <birddog55 at charter.net>
To: <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Sent: Friday, July 25, 2008 1:16 AM
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Plovers and photographers


> While I appreciate and share Miley's concern about the piping plovers and
> respect his hard work and that of all the plover volunteers, TNC,  and
> Audubon staff, I wish he hadn't used such a broad brush to paint
> photographers as the main culprits in the disturbance of plover adults and
> chicks.  Certainly if any photographer was bothering the birds they should
> have been admonished on the spot for their behavior.  Sadly, there are so
> many other possible sources of disturbance including non-photographing
> bird-watchers, nature enthusiasts, beach goers, boaters, fisherman, cats,
> dogs, dog-walkers, school programs, wedding parties, air traffic, natural
> predators, etc, that to single out bird photographers as a group 
> responsible
> for disturbance is just not fair.  It is too easy and perhaps safe to go
> after this small but normally responsible group without tackling the much
> more sensitive (politically speaking) and unmanageable sources of
> disturbance that are all too prevalent.  I wish to echo Miley's concerns
> about the plovers and I urge all readers to understand the delicate 
> balance
> the piping plovers are in between success and failure.  I understand the
> daily frustration he must encounter dealing with such a sensitive species 
> in
> such a popular location but those serious photographers I know,
> photographers and not nature-lovers or beach-goers with cameras,   would 
> not
> jeopardize any species' success to get a photo.  I do not mean to be
> difficult,  Miley, I am on your side.  I just don't want to be immediately
> blamed for disturbing a bird when I pull my camera and telephoto lens out 
> of
> the car.  I would also ask that we photographers use best judgement when
> photographing any natural wonder.  Everything that we (all of us, not just
> photographers)  do in the natural word is potentially intrusive...we 
> should
> all work hard to leave as small a foot print as possible.
>
> Thanks for entertaining my rant.
>
> Mark
> Mark S. Szantyr
> 80 Bicknell Road #9
> Ashford, Connecticut 06278
> 860-487-9766
> Birddog55 at charter.net
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Milan Bull" <mbull at ctaudubon.org>
> To: <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
> Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2008 2:45 PM
> Subject: [CT Birds] Plovers and photographers
>
>
>> Although the nesting season is about over for piping plovers, several
>> observers noticed photographers setting up equipment adjacent to the
>> exclosures this past year with camera lenses even poking through the
>> fencing in an effort to get the best shot possible.  This resulted in
>> stressing the adults and causing them to temporarily abandon incubation.
>> With all the natural stresses of beach and dog walkers, sunbathers and
>> beer parties, etc. (some people even used the exclosure netting as beer
>> can holders!), the birds need as much time at the nest as possible and it
>> is critical to avoid pushing them off the nest, no matter how
>> well-intentioned the photographer may be.
>> The Piping Plover Recovery Team recommends a minimum of a 50 meter buffer
>> be kept around the exclosures at all times while the nests are active.
>> Please pass this along to friends and photographers.  Thanks!
>>
>>
>> Milan G. Bull
>>
>> Senior Director of Science and Conservation
>>
>> Connecticut Audubon Society
>>
>> 2325 Burr St.
>>
>> Fairfield, CT 06824
>>
>> (203)259-6305
>>
>> mbull at ctaudubon.org
>>
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