Well said Kym. The Rainbow Bee-eaters nesting last year at Casuarina Sands had people virtually standing on their nest. I know of at least two people who asked photographers to move but were told to mind their own business.
One person who was told to move away from the nest said he didn’t care about the nest, he just wanted to get a good photograph of the adults!! I know of several excellent photographers who do not give the locations of any nest they find.
It is time a lot of the “Johnny come lately” photographers learned something about their target species BEFORE going off to try for that perfect photo.
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Sent: Saturday, 2 September 2023 8:15 PM
Subject: [Canberrabirds] Time for respect
I know what you all will be saying and thinking personally I dont care
It is not a competition where there is a trophy at the end for the best photograph
Will end up like the Black Shouldered Kites at Jerra wetlands , years back they were hounded tracks around the tree, cameras in hand under the nest tree round and round when I asked someone to
stop its the swamp hens making the track do you all think I am really that stupid
A lot of the birds are starting their breeding process
Today I had to have words with one birder who was hounding a pair of hooded robins ( over fence line where they should not be ) for images they are in their breeding stages
He is feeding her , he is calling she is fluttering etc
Please leave them alone to get on with the season
They and others DO NOT need any disruption they have a fantastic breeding record
Also if you open gates which you should NOT without permission to get access to areas dont throw the wire that is holding the gate shut away and leave the gate open there is stock that will get
out trail cameras are in use they pick up these things