Sacramento Bee photographer suspended over altered photo

The Sacramento Bee has suspended one of its photographers pending an investigation and is apologizing to readers for publishing an altered photo taken at a bird festival:

While the original photo did show that same snowy egret grabbing for the frog from the great egret, the photographer merged in a different image of the great egret, in which the frog was more visible. As a result, the published photo included duplicated images of the plants.

The Bee’s ethics policy strictly forbids such manipulation of documentary photography.

News10 reports the photo was taken by longtime staffer Bryan Patrick.

* Setting it Straight: Photo manipulated