OBP reports

To: Scott Baker <>
Subject: OBP reports
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Mon, 27 May 2013 06:39:29 +1000
Congratulations on what sounds like an excellent OBP sighting. I heard that the 
bands on some of them were able to be read, and I understand it's rarely 
possible to obtain that valuable information.

As I understand it, the rationale behind the "ban" on publicising sightings is 
not because it could cause any harm to view them like that, but to avoid a rush 
to the site. Up until the road behind the Borrow Pits was blocked off (two 
years ago?), it seemed like a standard technique for seeing them was to drive 
along there and watch to see if you flushed any out of the trees. I've done it 
myself, but it never worked for me.

At one point, there were cars driving past continually, (I.e one every few 
minutes), and it's my understanding that this lead to the road closure for the 
last two seasons.

Peter Shute

Sent from my iPad

On 26/05/2013, at 8:55 PM, "Scott Baker" <> wrote:

> Thanks for the update Russell. Spent 4 hours this afternoon at the site with 
> some other enthusiastic observers and was eventually rewarded with presumably 
> the same 4 birds flying in, circling about then heading off. A special 
> experience particularly for those seeing this near-mythical species for the 
> first time.Is not birdwatchers that's threatening the survival of the OBP but 
> a combination of climate, habitat loss and dwindling genetic stocks that are 
> of most concern. Proper management of remaining sites should and mostly still 
> does allow birds to utilise the environment and for people to enjoy and study 
> them from a vantage point that hopefully does not impede their movement or 
> damage habitat.Am not convinced that suppressing information on species such 
> Orange-bellied Parrot (and Night Parrot) actually improves their chances of 
> survival. Perhaps more creative management and education strategies could 
> include, enthuse and more successfully raise the profile and support for 
> ese critically endangered creatures.                           
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