Rainbow Lorikeets With Transmitters

To: Stephen Ambrose <>
Subject: Rainbow Lorikeets With Transmitters
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Sat, 19 Oct 2013 15:47:54 +1100

Your neighbour is not alone in believing that birds with transmitter. Hezbollah 
claims to have caught a "spy  hawk" in northern Lebanon this week. I know 
Mossad has done some devious and even dumb things, but putting a ring with a 
return address on the leg of a "spy", I think not.



Carl Clifford

On 19/10/2013, at 13:56, "Stephen Ambrose" <> wrote:

> I've just had a telephone conversation with a neighbour about the use of
> transmitters on birds.  For some time now she has had two banded Rainbow
> Lorikeets carrying transmitter packs visiting the balcony of her upper level
> apartment in inner Sydney on a daily basis.  I could not tell from her
> description of the packs if they were transmitters that sent signals to a
> hand-held receiver or to satellites.  The neighbour contacted me because she
> did not know what these packs were, lives alone and wondered if they were
> miniature cameras put on lorikeets by someone who wanted to spy on her!  She
> was initially very upset, wanted to know who she should contact about the
> person spying on her, but was much more relaxed once I had explained to her
> the purposes of animal telemetry and the reasons for its use.  I know this
> person quite well and she is not neurotic, just highly uneducated about
> wildlife survey techniques.  While this is a humorous story, it does
> demonstrate the importance for individual researchers, particularly those
> who conduct research in urban areas, to publicise and explain their research
> to the general community.  Otherwise, it could lead to all sorts of
> misconceptions and perhaps give research a bad reputation.
> Stephen Ambrose
> Ryde NSW
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