Attn wildlife photographers: to feed or not to feed?

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  1. DarkShadow

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    Does this count as baiting.I didn't do it,I swear. people are now feeding birds and wildlife home food what looks like a Bun. I was going to have a closer look but the bird was going no where any time soon. what ever it is, it looks pretty good. I thought it was a barbecue chip at first, I would have to fight him or her for it. DSC_6168.jpg


     
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    Maybe a Wren of some type. (I can be baited with a nice Cabernet Sauvignon ... properly chilled.)
     
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    I know what the bird is a Tufted titmouse its the food source.has to be a bread bun or something I don't think a a chip will work to well stuck on a stick.
     
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    Maybe a BBQ chip ...
     
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    Must be a different world there, here the city-folks don't give a rip for the country folks, and wouldn't come to our aid if we asked. The FD district I live in is a valley 26 miles long by 5-6 miles wide, mostly woods. Not to say it's a poor area, lot of 5-7,000 sq ft homes in the trees protected by an all volunteer "unpaid" department that operates on an annual budget of less than $50k, and few grants here and there for equipment.
     
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    I do believe it is unethical to bait a wild animal for the sake of the shot. I say this because part of wildlife photography has do do with having the knowledge, experience, and patience to be able to capture an authentic shot of the animal in it's natural habitat. Baiting is tantamount to staging a shot for convenience and thus, can diminish the photographers reputation as a wildlife photographer. Moreover, over time, it may compromise the animal's skill and natural instincts to be able function well on its own as it was intended to do , thus posing a potential for harm to come to the animal, or people in its vicinity. I feel that is the ethical problem faced in the OP's question.


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    Kind of like giving little kids cake and ice cream so you can photo the messy faces, isn't it? Though, most of the raptors that I know are better behaved than the little kids that I know.
     
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    You have discovered the secret to why Tigers sometimes eat their young.
     
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    and Gerbils
     
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    crap! i've been doing it all wrong then...
     
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    Ok gerbils is ok with me,I had them as pets and they bit the crap out of me,If I was into birds when I had them I would have tossed them up to the hawks that visit my yard from time to time.
     
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    Tigers don't bother eating Gerbils. Well not unless they are at the Fair and they happen come across a Deep Fried Gerbil on a Stick stand.
     

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