Although I have not been there for the bird, I was told the bird was unafraid of people by itself, allowing photography with macro lenses! I do not understand why baiting is necessary in this case. I have also been told other photographers have warned the danger of using pins, toothpick, etc, but the offenders simply refused to comply!
Very annoying indeed! Author: ddavid Time: 17/10/2012 14:47
Baiting in itself is a contentious issue, but surely most bird watchers & bird photographers would agree that this particular example is totally thoughtless. It shows a complete lack of regard for the bird.
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i was present on the 13th October 2012 and was there for about 3 hours.
during these 3 hours, the bird was happy with the grasshoppers which were left on the branch and came back serval times. i was personally not responsible for the feeding, however, i am certain that no pins were used during this time as the grasshopper kept on jumping off the stump.
without flaming and agreeing with this practice, .. how is this different to europeans/austrlians/americans putting bread or leftovers on bird tables in the back garden?
i believe that during these few hours, the bird was not harmed in any way, .. Author: puppymic Time: 17/10/2012 22:12
Yes, I think we must stop any practice that would endanger our wildlife subject, whether you shoot all natural or with baits.
In this case, I have noticed toothpicks, safty pins, steel wire and pins being used. In the first picture, we can clearly see the bird picking up the pin. It was very dangerous indeed and absolutely unacceptable. Author: cthomas Time: 21/10/2012 23:43