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Since I know that there are a good number of people who post here and who do bait and since I also know that many others have never personally witnessed what often happens in situations where baiting is done, I don't expect that this is going to be a popular opinion, but I also think that it needs to be said.
If it was ever possible to make a case for why baiting is okay, I think that the internet has changed that. While it might seem reasonable to think that a single photographer using a couple of pet store...Show more →
1. So many topics of debate (all in a single thread) you and the other respondents have posted in this thread. I will do my best to reply in a civil, succinct and intelligent manner to give my point of view. The topics of wildlife photography as I see them include but not limited to the use of baiting, blinds, the internet (to spread the good/bad news) and the ethics of it all.
2. I can only elaborate on what I know. To do so, I go no further than discussing bald eagles. A topic I am very knowledgeable about. I have been photographing bald eagles at my pond since 2007. In 2009 (November) the eagle population at my pond was estimated at 500. On any given weekend day maybe 20+ photographers. Parking spots were plentiful. Eagles were everywhere especially on the near side of my pond where I was.
3. November 2012, the bald eagle population was estimated at 170+. On the weekends 100+- photographers, other onlookers, kids, dogs and birders were at my pond. A parking spot was hard to find unless you got to my pond before 8am. Most eagles were on the far side of the pond. I wonder why
I see no problem with using a blind. I do so at my house (from an open window) to photograph my back yard birds BUT not my hummingbirds. I am up close and personal with my hummers. Do I have feeders and plants which attract them, yes I do. Have I used a blind other than my back yard birds? Nope! I have never shot exotic wildlife from a blind. I will have to if I am to photograph Puffins in July.
Feeders certainly fall in to the category of baiting. My backyard birds love it. With the seclusion my dinning room window offers, I get great shots. I have never baited a raptor nor will I in the future. Baiting a raptor would take all the hard work and gratification I get from photographing raptors in the wild. Baiting a raptor would be much to easy. It would be like cheating on a test in school.
Nothing wrong with posting on the internet I got this shot at Bain de Soleil NWR, Blackwater NWR, John Heinz NWR, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Ted Machias Island or the Falkland Islands. What I have a problem with is I got this shot at Bagnell Dam, LD55 or Herb's Lock and Key. I cringe every time I see it. This kind of post, about a specific confined space draws too much attention to the wildlife and brings on the the hordes of onlookers. In my past experience, wildlife activity suffered.
This is not the first time I have participated in this debate nor will it be the last.
Good wishes to you all and plentiful wildlife for all of you to photograph.