birding-aus shy birds

Subject: birding-aus shy birds
From: (John Leonard)
Date: Thu, 6 May 1999 10:31:40 +1000 (EST)
David James wrote:

Would you say the shy birds live on the ground and non-shy birds in the

Possibly, but it could just be an anthrocentric bias: birds that live in
trees are easier  to approach because they are looking out of the tree in a
wide band and humans only take up 5-6ft of that, whereas ground dwelling
birds are looking up and whenever a human approaches he or she always
occupies the first 5-6ft of that view. 

Also it's easier to look into a tree (especially a gum tree) and see a bird,
rather than into thick vegetation (cf grasswrens :-))

John Leonard


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Woden, ACT 2606,

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