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Scotty

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"RE: question about birds"

Scotty Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Feb 2002
Thu 29-Nov-12 03:49 PM

Well it's all about field craft. All wild animals have a circle of fear - it is specific to each one. What that means is that each species has a distance at which they will tolerate a potential threat - in this case a person with a camera. - they don't see it as a camera BTW - just something that may try and steal their food or possibly harm them. You stay outside it, they will continue to feed. You step inside - they fly away. The skill in wildlife photography is knowing how close you can get to this circle of fear OR even better knowing how to get inside it without disturbing the species. These skills are learnt through trial and error or by watching others at work.

In this case you could try ducking down into the ditch and slowly and quietly moving along closer to the eagles (it's not a clean occupation!!) Alternatively check out the site regularly - if the birds are regularly there try getting their before first light and waiting in a great position for them to arrive. (It's a job for patience) You could also put up a hide (called a blind over there) and sit and wait. (There is a lot of waiting). There are few tips that only cost time, effort and washing powder...

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