In reply to rayk:
Dave you are absolutely right. On the occasions I have visited Rye Meads I have made a point of moving on from a hide after 30-40 mins out of courtesy to any other other users. I have also witnessed other visitors being gracious to more recent arrivals in hides by offering them a viewing point when, typically, the visitors will stay for perhaps 10 mins before moving on and everyone is happy. I believe that good manners, breeding and altruism are hallmarks of being a true wildlife lover - whether professional or amateur. $0.02.
In reply to Ian M:
Do you know what guys I would love to meet you all on site one day to discuss this face to face..........
RayK - just because you have never seen anyone giving up their seat or space to another doesn't mean to say it doesn't happen, clearly it does. From previous comments, it is pleasing to note that there are considerate and courteous folk around, you however, do not appear to be one of them ! That's fine, I hope for everyone else's sake you are in the minority ! Your audacity is quite frankly amazing as is your attitude in general on this forum.
In reply to Saffy:
Well said Saffy. You are quite right.
I am not going to bother to talk to you guys any more if you have an issue report me to the webmaster, as far a I am concerned you are all "keyboard warriors"l thank you and good night.....
Night Ray, early start tomorrow... getting into the hide before everyone else.
In reply to matt t:
I hope he keeps to his promise and does us all a favour. Semi-literate know all with a chip on his shoulder. Awful.
Ian M, you have just crossed the line by making things personal, don't push your luck!!!!!!!!!!!!
Or what Ray? Another veiled playground threat from you? You grow more pitiable with each posting. You have demonstrated everything I said above - your punctuation, syntax and grammar clearly show you are semi- literate; you have never pretended to be anything other than a know-all completely lacking contrition on this thread and clearly have a chip on your shoulder the size of Everest. Why not just keep the promise you made yesterday not to "bother to talk to you guys anymore" and we will all be happy.
This has been an interesting thread to follow. I've never actually visited Rye Meads, but I do spend a lot of time at Minsmere so I am familiar with the sorts of problems that can be experienced by people in popular hides (typically it's those after Bitterns at Minsmere).
My philosophy is simple - I am a regular visitor and have lots of opportunities to get great Bittern shots, so if the hide gets busy I'll stick the camera on its tripod out of the way at the back and help others to see the wildlife on offer instead. I'm very conscious of the fact that people can get irritated by (in escalating order) photographers, photographers machine gunning, photographers with big lenses, so I try to make sure that people come away with a positive memory of the hide/reserve and photographers especially.
Many visitors are not dedicated birders willing or able to get up at the crack of dawn, but it is the responsibility of all of us regulars to try and encourage them to see the wonder of the natural world. If that means coming home with no pictures that day, but I've helped awaken an enthusiasm for nature in someone, I view that as a day well spent. I also think that the bigger your lens and the more frequently you visit, the MORE responsibility you have to behave in this way - in the same way that those in the public eye need to maintain higher standards of behaviour, those of us with ostentatious hardware need to be setting an example as well.
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