Re Banding trip to Buddigower Nature Reserve take 2

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Subject: Re Banding trip to Buddigower Nature Reserve take 2
From: "Geoffrey Allan Jones" <>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 08:50:22 +1100
In response to Harveys reply I need to apologise to Harvey about leaving the
nets unattended as he has now said that the nets were not opened before they
went off and set up camp and I have already sent a personal email to Harvey
on that subject. But if you had read Harvey's Blog here is an excerpt from
it;  " When we arrived at Buddigower, Karen and I set to to get a few nets
up before dusk, in the same area we had banded those four years previously,
then went about the business of setting up camp"  This quote is how I came
to that conclusion, however it still does not change my point of view about
banding birds in a local areas, again I ask for what purpose is it done? 


My personal thoughts are that a bird count done regularly by a local bird
club will give you a considerable amount of information without putting the
birds thru the trauma of being banded. Last Saturday afternoon I personally
observed Sharp-tailed Sandpipers that had recently arrived and were
vigorously feeding after their annual migration to our shores. They were
feeding in one of the ponds near the Burrow Pits at the Western Treatment
Plant and as they struggled to raise their legs in the soft mud I couldn't
help but think that if they had large leg flags on their feet and that if
birds of prey were around, which is quite common at this site, it could be
the difference between life and death for those birds.


Most people now know that the population of waders are dramatically dropping
as many local groups throughout Australian do numerous wader counts and that
information is passed on to the appropriate people and/or organizations.

So why should we continue to Net, Traumatize and in some cases kill or maim
birds, all for so-called research?  I for one think not!


Kindest Regards

Geoff Jones

Barra Imaging

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