To: Colin R <>, "" <>
Subject: playback
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Fri, 5 Jun 2009 15:01:41 +1000
I wonder if playback is generally "kept to a bare minumum" and "almost secret, 
unspoken" at least partly because of the passion and emotion put into the use 
of playback.  I.e it might prevent it from becoming both popular and used to 
excess.  It does, however, mean that people who use playback must work it out 
for themselves, because there are no guides on how to use it.

Peter Shute

Colin R wrote on Friday, 5 June 2009 2:24 PM:

> All the birders I have spoken to regarding the, almost secret,
> unspoken use of playback have described their minimal use of the
> procedure and all have been at pains to assure that it is kept to a
> bare minimum and for a sighting only, not for prolonged exposure. As
> pointed out by others, if there was as much passion and emotion put
> into stopping habitat degradation as there is in the use of play back
> we'd be in a much better position!

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