The western screech owl is on the endangered species list in bc and canada. it was exhilarating to see and photograph one in bc. it was also very stressful because of the fragile nature of its existence here.
i do my very best to make sure my own behaviour doesn’t impact the welfare of wildlife when i am in their presence. i research the behaviour of the species and watch for signs of stress. i use my empathy for the animal to guide my actions and i limit my time with them. i reread audubon’s ethical guidelines. i’ve made mistakes in the past but try to learn from them.
however, how do you navigate the complicated road when other photographers who are new to photography don’t know how their behaviour impacts their subject are present? how do you react when someone is being unethical or puts their own interests above the animal’s welfare even when they know better? when other humans enter the picture it becomes very challenging to know what to do or say and how to approach the situation.
photo cropped iso 800 shutter speed 1/13 f/5.