Owls and photographers are a touchy subject, Clark.
There have been several instances (some in Missouri, others that Missourians are aware of) in which photographers have disturbed roosting owls, causing them to abandon the area. Offenses include getting "in the face" of the owl to get that eye-knocking shot, and breaking off branches to get them out of the picture.
Some Mobirds members have been offended by these actions, and some have been chagrined when they realize it was their information that led the photographer to the bird that no one could find after the photographer's visit.
This is the basis of the reticence to post specific information as to some owl's roosts. Some birders, upon a request from a photographer, will accompany the photographer to the site.
Just as birders often lose access to birding sites because of the misbehavior of a few, so photographers lose access to information because of misbehavior within their ranks.
On Feb 24, 2010, at 5:57 AM, Clark Creighton wrote:
I have been a member of the list server for two years now. As most of you know, I photograph birds and have a true love for them. I am a conservationist and understand the balance between man and nature. Yet it amazes me how some people on this list as so secret about some birds. I have reached out to three people on list over the last week to ask where the TG Owls are so I could go by on a nice day and try to photograph them. No response from anyone.
If I find a rare bird such as the January catbird last year, I post it. I dont get out as much as some on here due to work, but I try and bird at least some every day. I do not understand the secret thinking when it comes to certain species, owls especially.
So, if anyone would like to help me find the TG owls, directions would be appreciated. sorry for addressing the entire list, but seemed like the only way
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