Fwd: Re: Ethics in Bird-Photography

To: "Tony Russel" <>, <>
Subject: Fwd: Re: Ethics in Bird-Photography
From: "Greg and Val Clancy" <>
Date: Thu, 6 Jun 2013 11:12:32 +1000
I have a 'treasure' of a book by a reasonably well known naturalist from some decades back. It is a great example of what not to do with bird photography. A number of the birds are obviously dead, either recently shot (by the author?) or found dead or are mounted specimens. Of particular interest to me is the Black-necked Stork photo which shows a bird with a broken neck leaning up against a sapling eucalypt. The Ground Parrot appears to have a glass eye and a Crimson Rosella shown climbing up the trunk of a tree using its bill and claws has a broken tail. One photo of the author shows him crouched at a Brush Turkey mound, with rifle across his lap! Other photos are of young birds that couldn't get away.

With modern cameras it is unlikely that photographers/naturalist will need to resort to this sort of behaviour but it was an interesting part of our history.

I should also admit that I, often, take photos of road killed animals for research purposes but never try to pass them off as living individuals.

Dr Greg. P. Clancy
Ecologist and Birding-wildlife Guide
| PO Box 63 Coutts Crossing NSW 2460
| 02 6649 3153  | 0429 601 960

-----Original Message----- From: Tony Russel
Sent: Thursday, June 06, 2013 10:34 AM
Subject: Fwd: Re: Ethics in Bird-Photography

Yes, I used to have this book!  It seems to have gone from my bookshelves.
I must have sold it to you John.


Spot on Andrew!!!
I will save others the bother of getting their books out.... A friend
and I did this about 20 years ago with the book "Every Australian
Bird Illustrated".

Check out these photos from acclaimed photographers and naturalists.....
Black-shouldered Kite
Grey Goshawk
Mountain Duck
White-eyed Duck,      for starters.

These birds are either tied to the perch, have parts of their wings
spread unnaturally (?) and out of picture or look very distressed....

Thank goodness such things are not condoned these days.

Yours in all things "green"

John Harris
Croydon, Vic
Owner - Wildlife Experiences
Nature Photographer
Wildlife Guide


President, Field Naturalists Club of Victoria


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