glass reflections

To: "Carla Jackett" <>, "birding aus" <>
Subject: glass reflections
From: "Philip A. Veerman" <>
Date: Fri, 3 Aug 2001 17:09:50 +1000
Unlikely that Magpie-larks ever "think" they have found the most beautiful mate possible, as Carla imagines. The sex of Magpie-larks is immediately obvious from their facial patterns and of course the birds know what sex is what. They think they are seeing another of their sex, not a potential "beautiful mate".
Also, to comment on Ralph's question on the subject: the use of one-way glass (or mirrors) is not a good technique for constructing observation hides as birds are likely to fly into them and kill themselves.

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From: Carla Jackett <>
To: birding <>
Date: Thursday, 2 August 2001 13:54
Subject: Re: [BIRDING-AUS] glass reflections


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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