2 comments on “It’s all gone to the dogs!

  1. [[b)decrease their ability to find their own food]]I have to dissagree- wild animals constalty look for food and take it wherever they find it, and when done in one spot move on to other spots. They aren't goign to just give up aqnd die when one source runs out- As well, occassional luring does no harm. I've seen turkey vulturers who frequent dumps move on from the dump and search areas outsuide of the dump as well- it's not like they forget how to thrive just because an easy source is madfe available to them[[c) spread disease by encouraging birds to congregate.]]Again- I don't agree- Birds congregate all the time in the wild, and putting lure feed out simply calls in birds in the immediate area which congregate naturally anyways- I suppose if a food source was to call in thousands of birds over thousands of miles, this might be an issue, but I seriously doubt htis is hte case especially with occasional luring[[a) put the birds in danger]]I suppsoe if you lure them onto a freeway this might be the case, but I'm not sure what danger is presenterd them when done in ruiral areas? As you said, you lure in birds that already congregate naturally, and they are pretty savvy & always on the lookout for danger- wild animals know how to stay safe, even when in large numbers -infact, the larger the numbers, the safer they are as more eyes means more alert group.The complaints about luring are overblown I thinkanyways- great shots of hte dogs

  2. Thanks for the feedback Naz. I agree with the majority of your comments – luring has been used very well in lots of conservation issues to protect birds, and can be used with the same safety for photography. There are some considerations to be made though – one of them, as you identified, is local traffic. Alaska has had several issues with eagles being lured into the path of vehicles – baiting is now illegal in some areas for this reason. With this in mind, no matter how rural I am, I try and identify potential hazards before luring. With regards the congregation of birds and spread of disease – the spread of mycoplasmosis is having a huge impact on bird feeder populations. These birds also congregate naturally but since the 90's there has been a spread of the disease from house finches to other breeds of bird. Because a community congregates regularly does not mean that they are risk-free from disease, territorial fighting, prey from other animals etc. Mycoplasmosis is being compared to HIV/AIDS in the catastrophic nature of the illness. The Michingan dept of Natural Resources and Environment has even gone as far as recommending a humane cull of affected birds in order to stop the devastation. As much as I agree with your main poits, if I learn about potential issues then I try to act with those risks in mind, whether it be to lure conservatively into a rural area or clean my feeders regularly – by doing this I hope I can keep enjoying my photography for a long while! Glad you are reading the blog, it is very pleasing to see some comments and discussion within my posts! See you at the 'Camel soon.

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