Bird Banding

To: "birding aus" <>
Subject: Bird Banding
From: "Philip A. Veerman" <>
Date: Fri, 6 Oct 2000 14:07:29 +1000
Re: Bird Banding

I'm reminded of the little cartoon about birds chatting together after being banded, one saying:
"They caught me in this net, beat me up and gave me this digital watch and it doesn't even work."
I hope that adds a giggle to this conversation.  
What a silly comment from Night Parrot. Maybe Night Parrot is Pauline Hanson.
Actually it is well established that in most cases, banding is of no adverse effect on birds and dramatically benefits our learning about them and therefore our abilities at their conservation.
Philip V.
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From: Night Parrot <>
Date: Thursday, 5 October 2000 23:01
Subject: RE: [BIRDING-AUS] Capertee Valley NSW - 30th Sept to 1st October 2000

As Pauline Hanson said, Excuse me!  Please explain?

How does four bands, (two on each leg) help an endangered bird like a Regent
Honeyeater to survive?

What is the actual mortality rate (collateral damage)from banding birds?  
Cannon netting waders must really be good for them.   It must help them get
balance on their short quick flight to Siberia.   Or is it protective armour
for them when they fly through the hunting grounds of Asia.

Am I missing something?   I suppose if banding helps birds, then when the
Night Parrot is found, we can expect a culling program that will really
excite em!


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