Re: kindness and cruelty.

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Subject: Re: kindness and cruelty.
From: "Bob Forsyth" <>
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2000 00:00:22 +1000
g'day all,
 Allan Benson wrote...I remember something about a whistle that is attached to the bumper bar on birding -aus some time ago. Has anybody any experience with this device? Does it work or does the noise drive you crazy?
Paul Taylor wrote....I believe the Australian product is called "Shoo Roo"; they come in pairs
that you stick onto your bumper bar etc., 
I think the Shoo-Roo is the registered trade-mark for the earlier (expensive) electronic type. They were trialled by one of the express coach companies for a time.
I use a pair of the cheaper stick-on plastic "whistles"
They can be tested by blowing into them before sticking them on the bumper bar.
The whistle can not be heard inside the vehicle.
However, their design is such that they depend on the speed of the air going in the at low speed they would not produce much sound.
They seem to work with kangaroo's feeding on the roadside who tend to freeze, but are ineffective scaring birds off the road.
Cattle just continue doing their own thing, as they do with vehicle electric horns.
Last Friday,  I hit my 1st bird in years.  After entering the 80kmh zone, leading into town, I killed a Spotted Nightjar. It is now in the freezer waiting to see if a museum can use it.
Regards, Bob Forsyth, Mount Isa, NW Qld.
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