Another case of bird photographers behaving badly.
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From: Stanley Moore <>
Date: 11 November 2010 11:00:24 AM
Subject: [Raptor_conservation] photographers threaten endangered Hen
Harriers in Holland
Notes: photographers threaten endangered Hen Harriers in Holland
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TI Disturbances at nests of hen harriers Circus cyaneus.
FT Nestverstoringen bij Blauwe Kiekendieven Circus cyaneus.
AU de Boer, Peter
AB The Hen Harrier is a rare breeding bird in The Netherlands, nearing
its extinction rapidly. Only 19 pairs were recorded in 2009, of which
17 on the Wadden Sea Islands; this is just 15% of the numbers
registered in 1994. On the island of Terschelling, two nests were
disturbed in 2009. Both nests had been the focus of attention of
photographers, as visible from the trampling of vegetation and the
creation of clearly visible paths to the nest. One of these nests is
supposed to have been raided for commercial purposes (chicks
at the other nest one of the chicks was found nearby, deliberately
trampled to death. Both nests may have been easier to find by people
with bad intentions because of the behaviour of photographers. Codes
of conduct for photographers are now available from several
organisations, and disturbances are therefore unnecessary.
C1 de Boer, Peter; Keerweer 23, 6862 CD Oosterbeek, Netherlands
BD Animals and man; Conservation; Techniques; Behavioural techniques;
Ecology; Population dynamics; Land zones; Palaearctic region;
DE Circus cyaneus [Disturbance by man / Nest destruction / ] [Endangered
status / / ] [Observation techniques / / ] [Population dynamics /
Local extinction / ] [Population size / Breeding population size / ]
[Netherlands / / ].
TN Birds; Chordates; Vertebrates
ST Animalia, Chordata, Vertebrata, Aves, Falconiformes, Accipitridae
OR Circus cyaneus (Accipitridae).
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