Sydney trip Nov 1

Subject: Sydney trip Nov 1
From: Laurie Living <>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 1997 15:55:35 +1100
Hello birders

Thanks to all Sydney siders for info concerning my recent trip.

I found the channel-billed cuckoo at lower Portland along the Hawkesbury
river, and three plum headed finches along the Glen Davis road from

The rainforest track intersecting with the lower part of Lady Carrington
drive [Royal NP] was an exciting birding spot with several rufous
fantails, green catbirds, white's thrush, three male satin bowerbirds,
black faced monarchs and yellow-throated scrunwrens.

The turf farms were quiet but for a couple of brown quail.

The discussion about the use/abuse of calling birds in with tapes has
assisted in establishing one's own view on the matter. Those of us who
engage in this practice to
make money [bird tours]
conduct 'scientific research' [collecting bird calls for example]
get another tick

must examine our motivations carefully and understand the 'real' reasons
for why we attempt to justify such action.

To argue that there is no 'scientific' or other evidence to suggest that
the use of tapes harms birds, frightens me; a lot of damage can be done
while certain actions continue until terminated by the provision of
scientific evidence; the human species very easily slips into attitudes
that are 'homocentric' and 'species superior'; there is also nothing to
be ashamed of in the gut feeling that we do not always put the care of
birds first in our birding activities.

Rod, could you send me the report about your trip to Alice; hope to get
there in 98.

Laurie Living

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