Leg Flagging scurge now in Tasmania

To: "'Ian May'" <>, <>
Subject: Leg Flagging scurge now in Tasmania
From: "Steve" <>
Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2011 05:35:29 +1000
Hello Ian. A couple of points regarding you posting: Firstly, you do not
really explain how the birds were struggling. Were they having trouble
walking, feeding or flying? Have you considered that there may be a short
adjustment period while the birds become accustomed to the tag? I think
calling it a "manacle" is a bit emotive. Personally, I have seen hundreds of
flagged waders over the years, and I am yet to see one "struggling" in any
way because of a flag or band. Secondly, you do not really explain why you
think the public should be informed beforehand. I should imagine that to
publish when and where birds were going to be banded would lead to a
disastrous situation where dozens of onlookers would be adding to the stress
of the birds. 
Steve Murray

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Ian May
Sent: Tuesday, 29 March 2011 6:20 PM
Subject: Leg Flagging scurge now in Tasmania

g'Day all

An uncomfortable subject

It saddens me to report that in Tasmania this morning, I observed a number
of "small waders" recently leg flagged.  The birds were struggling about in 
moderate winds, hobbled by what appeared to be fresh looking manacles.
These birds were in areas where in previous years, apart from an occasional 
flagged stint it has been unusual to see flagged waders. The birds seen
today appeared to be struggling in only moderate conditions and if this is
example of 2020 Shorebird conservation, current programs needs to
questioned, reviewed and modified urgently.

Can anyone inform us of the details, if they know of any recent wader leg
flagging in Tasmania?  Although I would like to see it banned, in the mean 
time it should be a requirement of leg flaggers to notify the community in
advance of planned banding operations. Specifically the public should be 
notified when and where, the targeted species and by whom a leg flagging
operation is planned.  Something similar to the requirement to notify the 
public when a forest burning operation is planned.

Also, can any one inform us how the decision is made by banders to apply
multiple flags on a particular bird.


Ian May
St Helens, Tasmania

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