Glossy Black-Cockatoos

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Subject: Glossy Black-Cockatoos
From: Ryu Callaway <>
Date: Mon, 6 Apr 2020 04:55:54 +0000
And now that more people are aware of their presence, just some basic guidelines that I would encourage all to follow for twitching based on what I saw out there today. I think its mostly common sense but not everyone seems to be getting the message or the gravity of the situation.

Please observe current COVID-19 restrictions in place should you decide to go and see these birds. 
  • Exercise is the only valid reason you could be out and happen to see these birds. Sitting beside a tree for half an hour taking photos does not fit under any definition of exercise. 
  • Unless you live reasonably close, you may also need to consider whether you can justify the need to travel to exercise at that particular location rather than somewhere closer to home should you be questioned.
  • Any more than 2 people standing around a tree observing the same birds would be considered a gathering and is not appropriate. 
  • The 2 people must also ensure they are keeping social distance of 1.5m+, not standing together chatting or trying to peer through the same gap between some branches. 
  • If you arrive and there are 2 people already there, please wait for them to move on before approaching. Conversely, once you have seen the birds, take a few photos if you must and then promptly move on. Either continue on your birding walk away from the bird of interest or go home, so that others can also see the birds without contravening the laws. 
  • Remember, in NSW you are looking at a $1000+ fine, not to mention the risk of unknowingly spreading a virus that is deadly for some to a fellow birder and in turn the greater population. 
When I arrived and observed those birds this morning, there was no one else there, but when I came back down from Mt Jerrabomberra I observed contraventions of all of the above. 
If irresponsible behaviours continue, people may also no longer be comfortable sharing significant sightings like this one in real time, meaning everyone misses out. 
Please bird responsibly or else you risk tarnishing the reputation of birding and ruining it for everyone. 


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