Longevity or 'Shortevity' Banded birds

Subject: Longevity or 'Shortevity' Banded birds
From: (Russell Woodford)
Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2002 13:57:25 +1000
Hi everyone

Good to see that at last Marilyn has shown us where she gets some of her data 
from.  This time she's copied and pasted David's table and changed the data to 
suit  her theme:

"Marilyn Davis" <> on Wed, 24 Apr 2002 11:18:12 +0800 
>What the  figures dont show is the short life span of banded birds 
>>(shortevity?). The  average life span of most banded birds is less because 
>more often they die  from the trauma of capture, handling, 

-----------some lines removed -------------------

> So in the interest of presenting some balance to the figures shown so far, 
> it may be helpful to provide similar records of "shortevity of banded birds" 
> from the moment of capture, for which many more returns exist.
> Magpie Goose                      0 yrs     0km
> Black Swan                        0 yrs     0km
> Cape Barron Goose                 0 yrs     0km
> Aust. Shelduck                    0 yrs     0km
> Pacific Black Duck                0 yrs     0km
> Grey Teal                         0 yrs     0km
> Short-tailed Shearwater           0 yrs     0km
> Wandering Albatross               0 yrs     0km
> Little Eagle                      0 yrs     0km
> Brown Falcon                      0 yrs     0km
> Red-necked Stint                  0 yrs     0km
> Curlew Sandpiper                  0 yrs     0km
> Red-capped Plover                 0 yrs     0km
> Silver Gull                       0 yrs     0km
> Crested Tern                      0 yrs     0km
> Bar-shouldered Dove               0 yrs     0km
> Galah                             0 yrs     0km
> Rainbow Lorikeet                  0 yrs     0km
 -------and so on .... more deleted  ----------

> as can be clearly seen, the average life span of many banded birds 
> is very low.

I don't think this sort of misrepresentation helps anyone, least of all the 
antibanding lobby.  

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