birding-aus Finding birds

Subject: birding-aus Finding birds
From: "Pat O'Malley" <>
Date: Wed, 03 Nov 1999 10:34:56 -0500
Hi all

The discussions of how people found birds on the Twitchathon set me to
thinking about a gap in generally available/distributed knowledge about how
to find particular species.

By this I don't mean in which  specific places to find them, a la Thomas
etc,  but rather something intermediate between this and the rather vague
indications in most field guides. Key elements I guess would be the more
(a)what specific sorts of terrain/flora;  
(b)what techniques most reliably get them into view. (eg pishing, tapes,
sitting and waiting, throwing a Collingwood supporter into the bushes etc)

Its sometimes struck me that this would be a  useful model for a new type
of field guide,  (no, seriously this time), albeit that for many species
this would not be necessary. But I have a specific request in this regard.
I have seen few of the Quail/Button Quail species in the last few years -
in each case more or less by accident. How does one 'systematically' track
them down? I have an image of seeing a paddock, donning long boots and
stomping off through it in the hope of putting something up. There must be
better ways.



(Pat O'Malley)

PS no more advice on finding so-called  'Purple Crowned Lorikeets' please.
Tony, this means you.
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