Recorded Bird Songs and Calls

Subject: Recorded Bird Songs and Calls
Date: Sun, 7 Jul 2013 14:54:47 -0400 (EDT)
I'm an American birder who is planning  an Aussie birding trip later this 
year.  I plan to drive from Sydney to Cairns over a six week  period, mostly 
in October, mostly along the coast, with a detour inland to take  in Bowra 
I'd like to know what Aussie birders  think about the use of recorded bird 
songs and calls to elicit a response from  birds – either a vocal response 
or by the bird flying in to check out the  call.  Here in the  US, it is 
rather controversial, with  some birders approving of it and some not.  Many 
birders use recorded songs and calls to locate birds, but  it isn't talked 
about much, because of the disapproval of some people.  I'm not trying to start 
a discussion of  the pros and cons of the practice – I'm very familiar with 
the arguments on both  sides of the question - I would just like to know 
what Aussie birders think of  it. 
Here at home, I use recordings  sparingly, never for endangered species, 
and not when there are other birders  around who might get confused into 
thinking they heard the actual bird.  I am considering doing the same thing on  
my Aussie trip, but I would like to know the local feeling about the  
practice.  I would be glad to get  responses by email, since the subject might 
be appropriate for an extended  discussion on the forum.  I  certainly don't 
want to start up one of those discussions that generate a lot of  heat and 
not much light.  I hope  that doesn't happen. 
Having disclosed that I am considering  using recorded calls in Australia, 
I would like to know which  species might be likely to respond.  If it is 
like the US, the answer to that would vary  with season and location, as well 
as with the individual birds, but some species  are more responsive than 
others, generally.  I suspect it is the same in  Australia. 
Thanks for any info anyone can give  me. 
Barry  BrugmanUSA

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