Regarding the reporting of Emus

To: Paul Fennell <>, Canberrabirds <>
Subject: Regarding the reporting of Emus
From: Ryu Callaway <>
Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2016 02:37:33 +0000
I think all Tidbinbilla records need to be treated with caution. 
While things like the Musk duck and Brolga are more obvious, distinguishing the captive little pied cormorant from wild visitors would not necessarily be easy. I don't know if they get wild pelicans, but if so, care would need to be taken to separate from the 2 or so captive individuals. 
I reported Freckled Duck on the ponds one time- and then I found out when talking to one of the Volunteer Interpreters that they had been released some time earlier (I think with feathers trimmed) but were free to fly off since their feathers should have grown back. Do these count? Would the average observer or even all the volounteers have known? Who knows what else they may have released there. 
It may be worthwhile to get in touch with Tidbinbilla on a regular basis to be up to date on what they have been doing there, and perhaps posting updates and a list (with counts) of captive birds or birds to be treated as such to the chatline.
In the meantime, I just report everything (as do a number of others), and trust that someone in the data analysis process knows what counts and what doesn't.


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