White-faced Herons

To: "Lance Ferris" <>, birdingaus <>
Subject: White-faced Herons
From: "Evan Beaver" <>
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 06:49:36 +1000
Just playing Devil's Advocate, don't take this as a personal attack fisho's
out there! I am one of you...

So from the below statistics, can it be extrapolated that if there were no
fisherpeople, there would be 10,000 less bird injuries in NSW alone? While
this is obviously unreasonable, I have noted while fishing that fishos can
be a little uncaring, quite single minded. I know one guy who loves nature
and fishing, but HATES pelicans and will chase one off at the first sign of

Also, dare I say it out loud, but 10,000 birds a year being injured from
fishing makes wind turbine bird strikes look quite insignificant. I guess
fishing line tangled around logs in rivers is more aesthetically pleasing to


On 9/19/06, Lance Ferris <> wrote:

It might be pertinent to note, that when condemning fishers, one should be
aware that our studies have revealed that 94% of injuries are caused
accidentally, when a bird takes a cast bait, grabs a fish as it is being
reeled in, or blunders into a fishing line.   Our 14 years of rescues and
studies reveal that up to 10,000 estuarine birds are hooked or entangled,
every year, in NSW alone.

Discarded line represents a mere 6% of entanglements, however it is still
a serious threat when birds use it for nesting material.

If anyone would like further information, our website has some finer

Have a nice day.

Lance Ferris
Australian Seabird Rescue Inc.
WildlifeLink Sanctuary
264 North Creek Road, Ballina. NSW
Phone: 02 6686 2852  Mobile: 0428 862 852
Email:   Web:

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