birding-aus Seen vs heard; terns and bee eaters

Subject: birding-aus Seen vs heard; terns and bee eaters
From: "Judith Hoyle" <>
Date: Sun, 31 Oct 1999 17:23:32 EST
Hi Birding Ausers,

Re: seen vs heard. Whislt surveying/Atlasing we always count heard birds, provided we are 100% sure of the call/song. Although not every birder has strong auditory identification skills, if you are blessed with this facility you should use it. It is much more efficient and accurate to record all birds present whether seen or heard. If you exlude the latter surely this skews the survey results.

I think it is a different issue as far as life lists are concerned. We never count a bird until it has been seen, but please lets not open that debate up again!!

Re: Tern seen at Minnippi Parklands (Brisbane) last weekend. This bird only stayed one more day. My third look at the bird still had me baffled, especially the bill length and shape. Ah! well we shall never know!

Re: Bee eater. We were at Boondall Wetlands (near Brisbane) today and met a birder who had been told about a rare Bee Eater seen at the Wetlands the week before. Can anyone provide more information?

Good birding

Judith Hoyle and Gavin O'Meara 

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