Night Parrot Forum and Callback.

To: Ian Davies <>
Subject: Night Parrot Forum and Callback.
From: Alastair Smith <>
Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2013 16:37:13 +1000
I too was at the forum yesterday and it was a truly amazing experience to be 
among the first to see the high quality digital imagery, video and to hear the 
story behind its find.

I concur with your sentiments about playback. I think people would think twice 
before demanding the call to be made available. Indeed I think the issue of 
releasing the calls is a mute point. John provided many examples when playback 
of the NP call proved to be counter productive - when the birds were known to 
be near, he played the call and the birds did not respond again for days on end.

John made it clear that before any location information is released, a study of 
the bird's behaviour and ecology is paramount. I wholeheartedly support this. 
We have waited more than 100 years for this find, so what will a few more years 


On 04/07/2013, at 10:50 AM, Ian Davies <> wrote:

I attended the Night Parrot forum yesterday, and was really impressed by the 
talk, pictures and video that was presented. Congratulations to John, Tom, 
Steve and the team on the presentation, and the years of hard work that went 
before it. I was also impressed with the efforts that the team has put in to 
keep the landowners on side, and the identification of major threats such as 
habitat and burning, cats, and keen birders to the survival of the species. 
John really stressed the value of disturbing the species as little as possible, 
as they are an extremely shy and wary creature, and as he says they are the 
hardest bird he has ever worked with. To that end I quite understand that John 
does not want to put out in the public arena any electronic media re the call. 
Until the team understands more about the bird, I think that it would be 
foolish to put  the call out there so that everyone who has a desire can go and 
disturb them. Until similar habitats are mapped and survey teams
 can thoroughly investigate, I agree with John in leaving the calls with him 
and the team. 
Ian Davies

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