Re: Bird banding contributes to Little Tern carnage

Subject: Re: Bird banding contributes to Little Tern carnage
From: Kym Bennet <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2002 23:58:34 +1100 (EST)
Hi all, Peter, Andrew and Frank too

It's good to see that the lunatic fringe is alive and
well. It appears the banding groupies will resort to
abusive assaults on the credibility of any who
question their dubious practices. 

Andrew and Peter:  The last time i looked, i am me
with one t and no one else but me. ??? (did i miss
something here?). Didn't you try this same slander
last year when somebody disagreed with your dogmatic
views? No, i don't know the other anti banders, not
even the famous "Night Parrot" Perhaps we should start
an anti banding society!

Kiran:  No disrespect meant to you sir! A Red-necked
Stint is about the same size as a sparrow. Contrary to
Franks comments, (some times he gets the detail
wrong), the leg flags I have seen on Red-necked Stints
are large being about 1.5x1.0 cm. which results in a 3
sq. cm surface area.  Multiply this by the number of
flags placed on the poor bird (up to 3) and you have a
product of 9 sq cm. which would be about 15% of the
surface area of a Stint.  Yes this is an enormous
number and that is my point. It doesn't give the bird
much of a chance in extreme weather, does it! 

15% converted to a fraction is almost 1/7th not 1/5th
as your calculation suggested but perhaps we have
discovered a mathematical variation between physics
and aeronautical engineering.

What is obvious is that "banders" are avoiding giving
any statistics requested about leg flagged Red-necked
Stints. Without this info us plebs can not scrutinise
them. Is this another example of their "code of
silence" in action.

Anyway i agree that this subject is about flogged to
death but I wish to thank you for allowing me to make
one posting on the subject. This will be the last from
me for a while as im on holidays tomorrow.

In the interest of having the last word, here is a
question for JAGs next quiz. What are my chances of
finding a leg flagged Stint one year after it was


Kym Bennet (with 1 t?)

 --- Peter Waanders <> wrote: >
From: "Peter Waanders" <>
> To: <>
> Subject: bird banding
> Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2002 20:23:36 +1030
> Hi 
> Still worried about bird banding? Haven't heard from
> you for a while!!!
> Cheers
> Peter 
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