Last Chance to See <OBPs in the wild>?

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Subject: Last Chance to See <OBPs in the wild>?
From: Laurie Knight <>
Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2017 02:33:22 +0000
If you haven’t already seen it, there is a write-up in the Fairfax media of the 
rear guard campaign to keep the OBPs going in the wild.  see
  … "Can a last-ditch intervention save the orange-bellied parrot"?

Part of the problem is caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa a bacterium infecting 
the seed  prepared at the Hobart Breeding Facility that is resistant to the 
disinfectant used to sterilise the seed.

If you haven’t already seen OPB’s in the wild, you should seriously consider 
popping down to Melaleuca this summer.  I combined OBP time with a bushwalk to 
SW Cape [which involved Hooded Plovers and Ground Parrots and nice beach 
walking and camping].  I enjoyed watching the OBPs coming in to the feeder at 
the Deny King Museum [and logging their arrivals in the daily obs sheet].  Even 
better, I got to photograph an unbanded adult [which keeps the twitching 
purists happy].

There may be a time when OBPs only survive as aviary birds [a fate preferable 
to extinction], but if you want to see them in the Wild, the best option is to 
fly to Melaleuca. Par Avion has daily flights from Hobart [Cambridge airport] 
in summer.  You can either do a day trip [take warm clothing and extra food as 
weather may delay the flights] or spend a couple of days in the SW - there are 
two bushwalkers huts at Melaleuca …

If you haven’t already seen OBPs, it may be your last chance to see them ...

Regards, Laurie.

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