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You guessed correctly Peter The drought here in Illinois is frightening. Just few months ago when there was still water in around the ponds these Greenies' and other waders used to fly away at human sight. But now they are more worried about food and kind of oblivious to humans. I have seen children pelt stones at GWE's and Mallards families as parents look on
Our ponds are overflowing because of ample rainfall late this summer, and that is impeding wading birds as well, especially the smaller ones such as Black cap and Green one, because the water is too deep.
We also have our ample contingent of unleashed dogs chasing wildlife away in nature conservation areas, adults and children alike throwing pebbles at waders, cell phone photographers trying to come close to birds within a few feet. Some "birders" flush birds too when they attempt an unreasonably close approach with their 600mm lenses so they can impress their forum buddies with some proximity or in flight shots.
Here and there I am still able to find quiet and productive spots for easy photography, but that's getting harder and harder.
Monopod mounted 1DsMkII + 800L.
Edited on Sep 18, 2012 at 08:55 PM · View previous versions