[Tweeters] Northern Hawk Owl - Okanogan County

Loren Mooney loren.mooney at gmail.com
Thu Jan 7 21:45:52 PST 2016

As a photographer, I'm troubled by the home owner's demand that no pictures
be taken. If a photographer is in a public place, including a public road,
then they can take pictures of almost anything they can see, including
birds and buildings. That's the law, subject to national security
limitations, and his house doesn't qualify as a national security risk.
The home owner owns property. He does not own the photons that bounce off
his property into your scope or your camera.

Here is a link to a "layman's" explanation about the relevant photography
laws. A lot of people don't know these laws so it's a good read.

Now, having said all that, I agree with Carol. DO NOT trespass in order to
see the bird or take a picture. That is *not* okay and the home owner is
completely within his rights to tell you not to do *that*.

If you're not trespassing, and you're just taking pictures or looking at a
bird, and anyone threatens you or threatens to call the police, call them


On Thu, Jan 7, 2016 at 3:04 PM, Carol Riddell <cariddellwa at gmail.com> wrote:

> Thanks to Meredith Spencer for providing the information below. Cassimer

> Bar Access Road is public. The land on either side of the road is private.

> The hawk owl can be seen from the road. There is no excuse for trespassing

> to see this owl. If you are planning a trip over to Brewster to see it,

> please conduct your observation according to good birding ethics. We don’t

> need upset homeowners who can easily feel intruded upon. For the most part,

> you can see this owl without even getting out of your car.


> Carol Riddell

> Edmonds


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> *Wed Jan 6 15:29:36 PST 2016*


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> Hi, The N. Hawk Owl is still near the same place on Cassimir Bar. Three

> of us were looking at it from a distance with scope and binocular. The

> gentleman who lives in the yellow house drove down to us. He asked what

> we were doing and we explained. He said scope and binocular were okay but

> he did not want any pictures taken of his property! I told him they prob.

> only had the bird and a tree branch in their photo, but he repeated, no

> photos of my property. He owns the abandoned brown building that is east

> of his home. He said people walked in his drive way and took photos, and

> walked in to the other building and never even asked if they could go on

> his property!!! We offered to let him look at the bird through the scope,

> but he declined. He didn't seem mad, just firm. Meredith Spencer,

> Bridgeport


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Loren Mooney
Seattle, Washington
Mooney Images <http://www.mooneyimages.com>
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