The Bald Eagle has exploded in population in Nova Scotia thanks to the chicken ranchers who started putting out their dead chicken decades ago when the Bald Eagle and other raptors were threatened species. Humans had introduced poisons like DDT into the environment which concentrated itself in apex predators. Humans learned nothing from that experience since we still continue to add poisons to this day in various other ways. Look at the decline in our insectivores like flycatchers and warblers as evidence. All this to make a perfect head of lettuce.
Although the Bald Eagle population has exploded, certainly a great success, it is time to stop the practise of feeding them since this has now created an imbalance in the natural world with far too many apex predators in one location. This is unlikely since many local interests treat this spectacle as a cash cow drawing in photographers from near and far. None of the photos thus obtained are nature photos since they are the result of bird baiting an unnatural practise.
Bird baiting or feeding although beneficial in many cases, especially our small backyard feeders, creates unnatural photographic opportunities that unethical photographers cash in on, for example, these head on photos you see in nature magazines of owls flying at the camera are created by some idiot tossing dead rats as bait.
There are some lines to be drawn in the sand. For example I have planted and expanded my mutltiflora rose bramble hedges. They provide food and protection for birds year round and are themselves a form of bait or attractant. Is this still baiting?? How about back yard feeders?? Certainly what happens in the Annapolis Valley in late January and early February is baiting.
OK, I'll stop the griping. Here are some photos of Bald Eagles, many taken from the "field of dreams" at Canning, Nova Scotia. and others taken throught Nova Scotia.
Keywords: Apex Predators, Baiting Raptors, Bald Eagle, Birds of Nova Scotia, Canada, Nova Scotia, Unethical Photographers
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