Fw: Birdcall Playback: was [SABN] recorders

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Subject: Fw: Birdcall Playback: was [SABN] recorders
From: "michael hunter" <>
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 2003 16:32:07 +1100

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> The recent queries for portable bird-call recording and playback equipment
> begs the question: "How much birdcall playback is acceptable?" To quote
> (from memory) from a book on Southern African Owls, the little A5 size
> by Warwick Tarboton and I think Peter Steyn: "It is believed that the
> absence of Owls breeding in Skukuza Camp in the Kruger Park is due to
> over-use of birdcall playback by visitors to the camp. In the USA birdcall
> playback is totally banned as wildlife harassment." Please forgive me if
> quote is not 100% accurate.
> For myself, using playback could possibly have meant that I could have
> identified the new bird I'd heard calling in our neighbourhood as a
> grey-headed bush-shrike four months ago, instead of only last Saturday
> it obligingly flew into my garden.
> Comments? How much birdcall playback is being used out there?
> Richard Knott
> Empangeni, Zululand


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