Thanks so much for your understanding Martin and Elliot.
You may know I have a long association with the eastern bristlebird recovery
Once The Loop birds went viral (there existed lots of historical data anyway)
those birds were pestered to death.
I defended birders at recovery meetings but then found a ranger telling me of
what he had witnessed, while working away on his veg work – not good I’m
afraid. No one was poaching of course but certainly playing sound to an
inappropriate extent. I f they had sat and waited, those birds behaved like
sparrows and they would not have had to follow then down the tracks.
I will let the Mackay folk know all is well – thank you again.
From: Elliot Leach
Sent: Thursday, 11 June 2015 1:57 PM
To: martin cachard
Cc: Sheena Gillman;
Subject: Re: E H/E
Just respond to the person making the RFI off-list.
On 11 June 2015 at 13:50, martin cachard <
<> > wrote:
Thanks for your very alarming note - needless to say, I am devastated to hear
of such appalling behaviour.
I guess I was really only interested in starting and continuing this thread for
the benefit of others in their future searches for this severely
I agree fully with Sheena that there should be some discretion shown with any
public on-line comments made on this species given that such threats are
possible, no matter how unlikely they may be to actually eventuate. Therefore I
will not be personally adding to this thread after this post.
What is this world coming to...??!!
To: <> ;
CC: <> ;
Subject: E H/E
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2015 10:45:46 +1000
Good morning fine men
I lived for many years in the Whitsundays and spent many a good weekend in
Eungella. I met people looking for E H/E fairly often.
You may not know that not too far back, a couple of people from Europe
(Slavs’?) were found looking for E H/Es to trap. I have been advised local
people are very concerned about the level of detail being provided on the
birding-aus forum, describing exactly where birds are and which trees they
forage in. I expect of course the poachers didn’t capture any – my recollection
was birders were lucky to see them, never mind have one in the hand like Mc
Leays H/Es at the café on Mt Spec. However, I don’t have that detail.
I am copying to the birding-aus admin’, clearly their discretion; I wonder
if this type of dialogue should occur between interested individuals off line
from birding-aus? As much as we all want to see these iconic birds, species
like E H/E have a price on the international market – nothing we do should
place them at risk. Unfortunately logging is occurring in Crediton Forest,
another blow to the integrity of adjacent Eungella NP and the well-being of a
honey eater with such a restricted range.
Best regards to both
(Conservation at BSQ)
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