re Crakes and rails and the use of Tapes

Subject: re Crakes and rails and the use of Tapes
Date: 18 Nov 97 12:25:51 +1100
A good point and one that is brought up again and again.  As with all areas of
conflict there are both positive and negative sides.  I agree that the welfare
of the bird should always come first and when using tapes a common sense
approach is needed.   There are restrictions on sensitive species such as the
Noisy Scrub bird in WA and for good reason.  To totally condone the practice
does have a negative side though.  Some species (e.g. Lewin Rail, Marbled
Frogmouth) may go undetected and therefore suffer unnecessarily due to habitat
loss etc. Sometimes the additional information is a positive thing.

Generally I have found that Australian birders are decent people who know when
not to do something and care about the birds and the environment.  Without
wishing to appear cheeky I recall several incidents a few years when Golden
Bowerbirds were getting very distressed at their reflection in the mirror of a
car.  Is this so very different?  And just think how many cars there are on
the road.

Do I have it all wrong?


PS something to really worry about take a look at this
particularly the Indonesian smoke haze photo

>That is an issue I feel should receive a lot of attention the use of
>taped calls.  I do not condone this method at all and would indeed feel
>ashamed to claim a bird by such method. It would be interesting to see
>what the other users feel about this method of birdwatching.
>Comments welcome
>Jon Wren

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