Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Not so Top Secret

I returned to my lovely Lesserpecker nest on Monday to get some more footage. Imagine the scene: the camera and tripod is set up, and I've retreated to a very safe distance with my picnic and ginger beer in celebration of good birds, and a sunny bank holiday. I'd been there for perhaps half an hour when three photographers appeared. The peckers were showing well, and the photographers started taking photos, pleasantries were exchanged.

The problem was these guys crept closer, and closer to the nest-tree. I tutted and rolled my eyes a lot in a very cowardly manner. Then began to seethe as one of them turned his flash on. Yes - really! These are relatively scarce nesting birds. But no - there they were - about six feet from the tree indulging in flash photography. I left. Packed the gear, made my parting shot about them being altogether too close and ran away. Humph. I'm not sure what I should have done.
Anyway - on a happier note I have lots of Black Park moth photos courtesy of the lovely David Howdon. I attach the most way-out visually for the evening: a lurid Green Silver-lines.

7 comments:

The Early Birder said...

Three against one! At least you made your views known.
The only other option I could think of was to take their portraits & post them as 'nest invaders'!!!

holdingmoments said...

The behaviour of some 'birders' leaves a lot to be desired at times unfortunatley.
I agree with Frank, a little publicity wouldn't go amiss there.

Mitch said...

beautiful photo, never saw anything like that before. Next time people start using a flash and getting to close just ask them if they would mind stepping lightly and quietly. They may be so caught up in the thrill they forget...

WPATW said...

"Packed the gear, made my parting shot about them being altogether too close and ran away. Humph. I'm not sure what I should have done"

Photograph the photographers?

Remind them of the Law ?

BirdGuides said...

Thanks for your comments. Perhaps I should have "named and shamed". I should certainly have plucked up courage and asked politely that they desist earlier - as Mitch says.

Marvin said...

People can be so unthinking -- or worse, uncaring -- sometimes.

Definitely a cool green moth, though.

JRandSue said...

Fantastic capture.
John.