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 Post subject: Article: All About Owl Baiting
PostPosted: Mar 14 6:10 am 
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All About Owl Baiting by Michael Furtman

What Is Owl Baiting?

Owl baiting is a technique practiced by some photographers to get owls to perform for the camera. Using live mice, or sometimes a toy mouse manipulated with a fishing rod, photographers lure the bird to attack in order to produce dramatic, but fake, photos. It is considered unethical by many fellow photographers, and is of great concern to birders and natural resource managers. It is sometimes euphemistically called "feeding" by baiters to make it sound less harmful.

Full Article: http://www.michaelfurtman.com/On_Owl_Baiting.htm

Good well written article. Worth a read.


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 Post subject: Re: Article: The harm of Owl Baiting
PostPosted: Mar 14 9:46 am 
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I have read through this article and the focus is on the impact of owl baiting. Information about owl baiting is for informational purposes and is not a 'how to' guide.

An alternative title could be "The Harm and Impacts of Owl Baiting"

Informative read, thanks Hawkman.

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Reminder this is a hot topic so please keep it civil. This website does not condone owl baiting as it goes against the
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 Post subject: Re: Article: All About Owl Baiting
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I prefer serendipity but to each their own.


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 Post subject: Re: Article: All About Owl Baiting
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I prefer serendipity but to each their own.

Yes totally agree.Serendipity is a much more rewarding experience.Its obvious that there will always be 2 sides to this behaviour.I believe it definitely at the very least creates a chance of harming these beautiful birds.Even if it's a small chance why take that risk just for a photo.


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