Have you ever tried to make a purchase online from a box-pusher, and have the delivery made to you at a motel in the middle of Utah? That will never happen, because of how those types of relationships work. Yes, the prices are often less expensive, but in the end does it really pay? For me the answer is no, but for your own needs the answer might be different.
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One of the most common examples is that of the black kite, which swoop down from the sky to steal food away from humans. Ok. It is what it is, but I cringe when I see people deliberately feeding this bird of prey. The main reason I get so upset is that I once saw a young girl with a piece of chicken in her hand, and a black kite quickly swooped down to grab it from her hands. It was a close call, but she did have some scrapes on her hand from the bird's large talons. I can only assume that over time something much worse could happen to somebody, as these carnivores could easily take off a finger.
I don't want to sound like an old curmudgeon, but I feel like I needed to post my feelings on the matter. As the old adage says, "please don't feed the wildlife". The adage is there for a reason. Please respect it.
My summer 2008 plans are coming together, and I am announcing my June 21 - July 3, 2008 Tanzania Photo Safari. This safari will take place in northern Tanzania, and we will visit three very different and distinct national parks: Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park.
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We were lucky enough to witness a short-eared owl while on the island of Genovesa, Galapagos islands, and had an opportunity to be within short range of this amazing creature. This was the only image I was able to capture before flying away, but take notice of the storm petrel in his grasp. The storm petrel is the most common food source for the short-eared owl in the Galapagos.
Short-eared owl, Genovesa island, Galapagos, May 2007
Canon 1DsMkII, 100-400mm, 1/500sec @ f/7.1, ISO 320
I came across a very funny page on Wikipedia, and thought it should have a place on my blog. MacGyver lives on.