answer to a question

Several of you, on and off line, have asked me the question “how do I find the eagle nest so I can take photos”. This is a valid question. And I have set and thought about how to answer all of you in the clearest kindest way that I can. In the past I have told a few people how to find the New Hope nest. I also asked these people to respect the eagles and their breeding territory. It has been acknowledged by scientists that during breeding season (here in central NC from December until mid May) that at the very least you need 300 feet between a person and the base of the tree that holds an eagle’s nest. The eagles really prefer a 600 foot distance between you and their nest tree.  I think of the distances needed as those of the length of a football field (which is 360 feet end-to-end). As you could see in the video I am not close to the nest at all – as a matter of fact I am rather at a distance and using a lens set at 800mm via extenders. I made the video standing more than 300 feet away from the nest tree.  Regretfully, the people I have told about the nest have broken my trust and I have seen them actually get within 100 feet of the nest tree. The people were within a hundred feet and both eagle parents were very agitated and the intruding cameras kept clicking. So I no longer tell people how to find the nest.

I am sorry that each of you that has asked the question of “where” is caught in this situation because as far as I know, probably none of you have ever gotten close enough to an eagle’s nest to cause the parents to be disturbed. But I must act in my capacity as a veterinarian to say that I no longer tell people where that nest is located. If I tell one of you I must tell all of you and someone will say “well I only want one really close photo…and what harm can getting close enough for that one photo cause…”. I have found people in the last two weeks close enough to the eagle’s nest to cause the parents to be very upset.

     Again to each of you who are so caring about the eagles, I apologize.  I wish that I could take all of you and let you stand where I stand, 300 feet away from the nest to watch, but I cannot. The poor judgement and actions of others has kept me from answering your question the way that each of you had hoped I would.
I ask for your understanding of my predicament. I am caught between the eagles that I want to see continue to fill the skies and those of you who have graced me with your enthusiastic viewing of my attempts to let each of you share with me Creation as I am so blessed to see it.peace and grace
doc ellen
to tell about distances

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