Eastern Kingbirds (Two Photographs) and the Ethics of Photographing Nests

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The presence of these birds hinted at a nest nearby but until someone told me that it was right in front of me I had no idea. I will be posting photos of the nest over the course of the week, I still like to break posts up and not do a bird every day. I am well aware of the concern about photographing bird nests and disturbing birds. I would not wish to cause ill to anything or anyone. When nests are in the open, on paths etc. it is hard to avoid many photographers crowding around. It can get a bit much even for fellow photographers. Sometimes as in this case, the available space from which to shoot was limited, only a foot square, and a long lens was still a must. A very small number of people actually got to take pictures and many gave up due to the bad light and the many leaves blowing in the wind etc. Short takes over a few days proved a better way of telling the story. Standing on a rock on the edge of a lake for a long period was out of the question. So when you see the nest over the next few posts remember that the distance between the nest and my camera was long. No flash was used and nothing was done to bother the birds.


9 responses

  1. Great images!


    September 19, 2016 at 7:21 am

  2. TPJ

    Nice shots, these birds can be tricky.
    Also, sharing nesting / hunting spots with other photographers can be a problem. Most understand the idea of ‘do not disturb’ however an abnormal number do not. Over time I have seen enough to know most times it’s best to just keep silent about such things. Sad.

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    September 19, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    • Thank you. The only nests I ever see are a few feet from the paths I follow.

      Liked by 1 person

      September 19, 2016 at 1:44 pm

  3. I am glad you consider the impact you have on wildlife. Not all photographers do.


    September 19, 2016 at 4:06 pm

  4. I look forward to seeing the development of the nests. I love it when birds nest in my yard in places that are incredibly easy to photograph.


    September 20, 2016 at 8:03 pm

  5. I too enjoy observing the birds in our garden to see where they are nesting. I actually photograph very few of them. This is mostly because many are so well concealed (quite rightly so) that I do not wish to disturb them and partly because others are so high up that I cannot focus on them. The mud nest of the Lesser-striped Swallows is an exception as it is right out in the open under our eaves.

    Liked by 1 person

    January 20, 2017 at 2:13 am

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