How Shyness Changes the World

Some hawks tolerate being watched.

Some don’t. It’s an example of how observation changes the observed world. I mean, how much of hunting behaviour is dependent upon being undisturbed at rest, or keeping on moving? Same for the birds in the saskatoons.

And same for the deer below, who I spooked with my camera the other week.

Just a human presence changes the earth, leading to changed patterns of erosion, fertilization and grazing. It’s a dance, that all takes place at a variety of personal distances. Well, except when it comes to coyotes. 

They’re oblivious it seems. Such den dwellers don’t have much of a sense of personal space, I guess.




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