May 16th continued.......
Who really is responsible?!
Some of these birds’ locations are not being reported now and on enquiry I was informed that the Turtle Dove’s were known to be where both Jase and I saw them but not being reported because of ‘photographers’. This suggests one of these ‘birder collectives’ where this knowledge is given only to the chosen few. However, I very much doubt the integrity of this arrangement, since not all those included have the necessary ethics and the also the ability to not say anything to their own ‘chosen few’!
For the sake of these species and others, particularly nesting sites, I too will not disclose their whereabouts, but not just for the reason of so-called ‘wildlife photographers’, but because of ringers, egg-collectors and indeed ‘birders’. To me, they all fall under the term ‘collectors’ who will stop at nothing to get their fix and it is those who are deemed to care about the Natural World that are themselves directly responsible for its demise, through not having the respect and the knowledge for the world around them.
The wildlife organisations have a great responsibility for the education of would be ‘wildlife enthusiasts’, they very readily take the public’s money for entrance to their reserves and sell goods for extortionate prices in their ever expanding shops, cafes and wildlife centres and then have the audacity in some cases, to tell us to ‘Give Nature a Home’!
These organisations will almost certainly tell you they build these places in order to influence and make people aware about the biotic and abiotic aspects of environments, but these places are nothing more than zoos, with painted nestboxes, piles of wood leant against a tree, where they try to encourage the next generation with their misinformed ideology of what interests children and for that matter adults, taught by people who are far from qualified!
I know of a warden (yes a warden!) who cannot identify freshwater fish e.g. Roach and Perch on a wetland reserve he is in charge of, but offers the excuse that it is legitimate to kill micro moths in order to know what species are there on the reserve, which he is in charge of. Not a lot of hope really!
Anyway, onwards and upwards! A visit to Ranworth Broad found Nuthatch, Blackcap, Cetti’s and Reed Warblers singing and a seemingly expanding population of Common Terns, which were great to photograph in flight and similarly Great Crested Grebes managing to swallow some fairly large fish.
Marsh Harriers, Common Buzzard, Common Sandpiper, Pied Wagtail and several broods of Mallard (hoping to see those in the garden soon!) were also of note here.
The Thurne Ashby area did not yield too much but was worth a look anyway and some nice portraits of a Brown Hare made the trip ‘around the block’ more than worthwhile.
More wildlife activity was in store later, in the garden. See May Wildlife Garden Diary.
Common Sandpiper Pied Wagtail Mallard ducklings & Blackcap