Giving CT wildlife space while taking photos

March 2, 2019

After receiving complaints about photographers repeatedly flushing a long-eared owl, the Connecticut Fish and Wildlife is urging residents that harassing a state endangered species is illegal.

Flushing a bird means to make it run away or fly. Doing so can cause a bird to change its behavior or expend energy when its trying to rest, forage or hunt; it disrupts the bird’s natural processes.

The Connecticut Audubon’s Guide to Ethical Bird Photography indicates that respect for the birds and their environment is the first important element of bird photography.

Anyone looking to photograph birds is encouraged to avoid causing unnecessary disturbance or stress to the birds. Watch for changes in posture to indicate a stressed bird.

Those taking photos should avoid using the flash, especially on nocturnal birds at night.

For a full list of tips and advice for photographing birds in a safe manner, click here.

And anyone who witnesses illegal behavior can call the state Environmental Conservation Police dispatch at 860-424-333.