[Hong Kong] 觀鳥及鳥類攝影守則 Code of Conduct for Birdwatching and Photography

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觀鳥及鳥類攝影守則 Code of Conduct for Birdwatching and Photography


1. 以鳥為先


  a. 如果發現雀鳥顯得不安、有規避或其他異常反應,便要馬上停止
  b. 如果在場拍攝和觀看的人太多,尤其要特別留意
  c. 不要企圖影響雀鳥的行為,如驚嚇、驅趕或使用誘餌
  d. 少用閃光燈
  e. 不要破壞自然環境

2. 保護敏感地點


  a. 保持適當距離,避免令雀鳥受到脅逼
  b. 不要登上有海鳥繁殖的小島
  c. 不要干擾鳥巢或周圍的植被,以免親鳥棄巢或招來天敵襲擊
  d. 小心和別人分享敏感地點的位置,不要隨便公開,並向不認識守則的人清楚解釋,以免帶來干擾
  e. 留意自己的行為,以防招惹好奇的人來干擾

3. 舉報干擾


4. 尊重他人

  a. 避免干擾其他在場觀鳥和拍攝的人,讓大家都可以享受其中的樂趣
  b. 小心不要破壞當地的設施和農作物

Code of Conduct for Birdwatching and Bird Photography
The objective of HKBWS is to promote the study, appreciation and conservation of birds in Hong Kong.  In addition, the Society also facilitates the exchange of experience and information related to birdwatching among members.
Since birds are sensitive to human disturbance, special care is required when watching or taking photographs of birds, to avoid bringing disturbance to the birds or endangering their lives.  
The Society has drawn up the following Code of Conduct for Birdwatching and Bird Photography and requires that it be followed by members.  It would provide a model of good practices in birdwatching and bird photography for the general public to follow.

1. The Welfare of Birds Comes First

Birdwatching and bird photography should be carried out with minimum interference to the birds. Disturbance must be avoided as far as possible.
  a. Stop if the birds appear disturbed, begin to move away or exhibit other abnormal reaction
  b. Exercise additional precautions when the activity is undertaken with a large group of people
  c. Do not attempt to influence the behaviour of birds, e.g. by flushing, chasing or baiting
  d. Use flash only sparingly
  e. Do not damage the natural environment

2.  Protect Sensitive Sites

Sites such as nests, seabird colonies and the roost of rarities are particularly vulnerable. Take extra care to minimize disturbance.

  a. Keep a suitable distance to avoid stressing the birds
  b. Do not land on islands with breeding colonies
  c. Do not disturb nests and their surrounding vegetation, or the nest could be abandoned or become exposed to predators
  d. Share information about the sites with discretion and do not reveal it casually in public.  Explain clearly to those who may not understand the Code, to avoid bringing disturbance to the site
  e. Beware that your actions may attract unwanted attention and hence disturbance to the site

3. Report Disturbances

If you find people disturbing or causing harm to birds, advise against the act when it is safe to do so.  If they cannot be stopped, take photos and report to the AFCD as soon as possible.  Post a report at the Society’s online Forum.

4. Respect Others

  a. Share the fun – avoid disturbing other birdwatchers or photographers on site.
  b. Take care not to damage facilities or crops at the site.