My Code of Ethics

It has come to my attention that an individual on FaceBook has been writing disparaging remarks about how, in his opinon, I mis-treat wildlife.  I will not divulge his name, only refer to him as Mr. Doe.  The wildlife in question is a Great Horned Owl in Spring Creek Park here in San Angelo, Texas.  A female has been sitting on the nest for a few weeks.  I have shared the information with a couple of other local birders.  Mr. Doe contends that I shouldn’t have passed this information along, but in the birding community that is called SHARING.  He calls it wildlife harassment.

Of course, everyone that knows me, know that nothing could be farther from the truth.  I, and the other birders that I mentioned,  live by a certain code of ethics when viewing and photographing wildlife of any kind.  I won’t go into great detail, but if you click the links in the next two paragraphs you will know how I feel about the treatment of all wildlife, not only birds.

A friend of mine, Deb Tappan of Knoxville, Tennessee, is, like me, a professional photographer.  She wrote a Code of Ethics (click the link) for her blog and has given me to permission to share it.  It is something that all wildlife photographers should read and heed.  I, myself, try live by it.

In addition, Deb has written other Ethics (click the link) articles that outdoor enthusiasts may find of interest.  While you are there, check out the galleries of photos by this extraordinary nature photographer.

I am going to add a page to my blog called Code of Ethics.  You will be able to refer to these articles anytime by clicking on that page at the top of this blog.

Great Horned Owl - female on nest.

Great Horned Owl – female on nest.

Above is the owl that is mentioned in this blog.  Since I took this photo, I drive by several times a week.  I can see her from the car and I don’t usually stop.  Any photo that I would take would only be a duplicate, as there only one angle where one can get a glimpse.  Surprisingly, the tree is next to the road, children play nearby, people camp under it.  She so far is unperturbed by the activity.  I hope she stays contented completely through her birthing term.  I will be anxious to see some of her offspring sitting on the branches in a month or two.