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Yes it is but please remember the photographs of active nests are not allowed on iSpot - see http://www.ispot.org.uk/birds
sorry. I didn't know that. The nest was not intruded upon. It was outside a hide at a local reserve and its presence was well known. No disruption caused.
I think the iSpot rule is a little excessive, as you say it is often possible to take such a photograph without disturbance. But since the rule exists we need to obey it (must admit I posted a few nest pictures before someone pointed it out to me as well).
I monitor nests for the BTO Nest Recording Scheme and have attending a training course with the BTO. One thing I’m learning (this is a newish activity to me) is how robust, even belligerent, birds can be. During the training course we had a bird sit tight on her nest in a hedge despite having three people staring at it and various mirrors on sticks waving in its near vicinity and last weekend I had a bird perched on a branch within a meter of me, with nesting material in its bill, scolding me to get out the way and let it carry on with the job at hand.
Having said that I’m acutely aware I have deliberately not named the species as I would not want people to think these are specific traits. Also there is a code of practice that I agree (and have been trained in) to use when approaching nests, this has as much to do with not signposting the nest to predators as distracting the bird. In addition there are a few species that are susceptible to disturbance at particular times during the process.
I guess on balance iSpot take the view that it is better safe than sorry, a view I can’t disagree with. Though it is interesting that there is no mention of Schedule 1 birds in the blurb.
If anyone is interested in volunteering with the BTO have a look here: http://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys, there is plenty to do and most of it requires very little experience to participate.
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