glass reflections

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Subject: glass reflections
From: "Carla Jackett" <>
Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2001 13:53:56 +1000

I have been told of Magpie Larks which have spent a lot of time looking at
their own reflection for many weeks at a time.  I suspect they think they
have found the most beautiful mate possible?  We unfortunately have a number
of birds collide with our windows, and I generally put up masking tape
strips to deter them.  This seems to work quite well.  Are there any other
ways someone can recommend without totally obscuring our vision to the



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From: Reid <>
To:  <>
Date: Thursday, August 02, 2001 8:34 AM
Subject: Wattlebird behaviour

>Our windows are coated with highly-reflective solar film which, in daytime,
>makes them act (as viewed from the outside) as one-way mirrors.  Yesterday
>morning whilst my wife and I were standing at the kitchen sink doing the
>washing-up, a Red Wattlebird came and perched on the window sill and held a
>long interrogation of its reflection, alternately calling and cocking its
>head sideways whilst closely peering at its reflection.  This lasted for
>about three minutes, affording us an excellent close-up view.
>I have not seen any other incidents of birds being attracted to our windows
>in this way.
>Would the use of one-way glass (or mirrors) be a good technique for
>constructing observation hides?
>Ralph Reid
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