Tools and techniques for seeing animals at night

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Subject: Tools and techniques for seeing animals at night
From: David Adams <>
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2005 11:38:52 +1100
I've been out spotlighting in Queensland with guides and on my own a
number of times. It's pretty exciting...even when you don't see much.
Down here on the far south coast, I've been out a number of times on
my own and heard much but seen little. I'm wondering if people have
suggestions on tools and techniques for seeing animals (birds and
otherwise at night.)

Also, is there some kind of code of conduct or best practices for
interfering with the lives of the animals as little as possible?

Any suggestions on how to stake out holes? I've got a number of trees
in a nearby state forest with interesting holes but don't know who
lives in them. I've waited just after dark several times and heard
quite a bit of noise...but haven't figured out who is making the

I bring along a torch but find I'm not using it all that much as I'm
concerned about dazzling the animals and every time I turn it on, I
ruin my night vision for 10+ minutes.

I've seen suggestions about using a red filter but am unclear how do do so.

Is there a best time of day to try and spot animals?

Any and all suggestions greatly appreciated.

 David Adams
 Bermagui 2546 NSW
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