jhayesvw wrote in post #16584275
Its sad too because some people actually are at the right time and place and get THE SHOT. However their work is lumped in with the people who set up their shots with trapped mice and such.
I had one person insist this shot of a Red-tailed Hawk I got catching a Squirrel was set up because of the blood the Squirrel had on it's back end. I guess they thought the Squirrel was already injured and I used it as bait for the RTH. What they didn't see in this image was the ones prior to the hawk actually catching this Squirrel (the ones I managed to capture). The hawk missed the initial attack when it flew down to try to catch this Squirrel. It ended up running around the tree and then it finally managed to grab it as you see in this image.
I wasn't upset that they thought that though...I actually felt sorry for them if they go around thinking every shot they see like this is set up. It also told me people do look at images of baited birds differently than natural ones.
I thought I looked at images of baited birds (raptors catching something) differently because I haven't captured one yet but after I got this one last year I look at baited images the same way. Maybe it's because I realize how much difficulty, time, patience and luck is involved in getting an image like this. It only took me 5 1/2 years and a little over 5 hours of following this hawk around on this day to get "the shot" I was after for so long.
The ethics of baiting arguement is never going to go away and each person has drawn their line on what they think is right or wrong and it's useless to try to convince someone else why you think your ideals are right. I would love to bait raptors to get the shots I'm after but for me the fun would be taken away...it would become too easy.
As far as what I think about this whole situation when it was originally posted...the baiting doesn't bother me too much it's the teasing of the Owl that bothers me the most. This Owl was obviously used to being fed by people so I don't blame the photographers for that part. What I do blame them for is taking advantage of a situation someone else created for them and taking it to the next level.