[CT Birds] Snowy Owls and People's Behavior
donnacap at aol.com
Sun Dec 1 14:14:10 EST 2013
The Snowy Owls travel far. They arrive tired, hungry and probably nervous and confused about their new surroundings. Give them a reasonable amount of space. Both ":nature" photographers and birders have been known to push the limits. Please let's think of the birds more and not of your own selfish need to get a photo that you probably are't going to make any money on or hang it on your darn wall anyway! Feed your ego somewhere else. Other people would also like a chance to see the Owls - happily from a far or through someone else's scope.
Over the weekend I ran into a birder who relayed a story to me about one of the birds spotted in Stratford. I suggested she post here but said she doesn't want to start a war. Well on behalf of the birds, I will pass it along. A birder with binos was getting closer and closer to the Snowy. The bird was visibly moving around as the person got closer to get a photo with their smart phone. Her suggestion that they were getting to close fell on deaf ears. The bird flew off. The person(s) will know who they are and I hope they stop. I would probably not be as tactful if I should run into a person. I do not know who the birder with the smart phone was and I'm glad I don't as I would lose all respect for them as a birder.
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