Banding versus No Bands

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Subject: Banding versus No Bands
From: Pat and Ian May <>
Date: Sun, 08 Oct 2000 16:52:56 +0930
Dear Birders

With all this rubbish going on about banding versus no banding it should
be noted that some of the Banded Stilts at Lake Eyre North recently were
observed with metal leg bands and yellow flags on their legs.   As
described by Dr Clive Minton in his paper, these birds were apparently
tagged at Lake Ballard in WA which proves there is at least some
interaction between West Australian and Eastern Australian populations
of Banded Stilts.
see large numbers of Banded Stilt should attempt to establish the
following!  How many unbanded, Banded Stilts are unbanded? and how many
Banded Stilts without bands are banded? and how many Banded Stilts with
bands are unbanded? and how many banded, Banded Stilts are banded?   To
give them them every opportunity to survive without disturbance, none of
the recently bred Lake Eyre Banded Stilts which at present are all
unbanded were banded. 

However it should be noted that unbanded banded stilts with or without
bands may be juveniles (with grey legs) or non breeding younger adults
(with pink legs).   And the banded Banded Stilts with or without bands
could be young adults in breeding plumage or may be older adults that
retain their bands.


Ian May

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whistling kite
white-bellied sea-eagle
dusky moorhen [hundreds, many roosting in trees]
eurasian coot [had to go to the far end of the dam to find a group]
latham's snipe [obligingly landed on bare ground]
comb-crested jacana [quite a few]
black-winged stilt [two]
black-fronted dotterel
spur-winged plover [one pair had half-sized young]
crested pigeon
peaceful dove
bar-shouldered dove
rainbow lorikeet
scaly-breasted lorikeet
little lorikeet
pale-headed rosella
common koel
channel-billed cuckoo [four in a group]
pheasant coucal
tawny frogmouth [two, one on a nest]
azure kingfisher
laughing kookaburra
rainbow bee-eater
superb fairy-wren
red-backed fairy-wren
striated pardalote
white-browed scrubwren
white-throated warbler
noisy friarbird [hundreds]
little friarbird
blue-faced honeyeater
noisy miner
white-throated honeyeater
brown honeyeater
scarlet honeyeater
grey-crowned babbler
eastern whipbird
varied sittella
golden whistler
grey strike-thrush
restless flycatcher
willie wagtail
spangled drongo
black-faced cuckoo shrike
olive-backed oriole
white-breasted woodswallow
grey butcherbird
pied butcherbird
aus magpie
pied currawong
torressian crow
richard's pipit
double-barred finch
red-browed firetail
welcome swallow [nesting]
tawny grassbird
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