Recorded Bird Songs and Calls

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Subject: Recorded Bird Songs and Calls
From: martin cachard <>
Date: Mon, 8 Jul 2013 10:01:03 +1030
Hi Barry,

I think my opinions on this practise are well known but, I for one, don't like 
it... I feel it is unsporting, to say the very least.
The only times I ever have used playback are at night time when the odds even 
out a little given the lack of visual cues available. BUT I never use playback 
at night between May-November when most of our owl species are breeding...

Now I think it's time I ducked for cover on here!!!

Martin Cachard

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> Date: Sun, 7 Jul 2013 14:54:47 -0400
> To: 
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Recorded Bird Songs and Calls
> 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 
> Station. 
> 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 not 
> 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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