Yes, there is a big difference I think. Firstly, seabirds are not defending any
territory (although anyone who's watched birds squabble over shark liver will
know there remains a pecking order!) Second, as far as I can tell there is no
direct or indirect threat to the birds' welfare, unless you honestly believe
that attracting birds to wildlife-watching vessels will also encourage them to
stooge long-liners. Seabirds have been following ships in search of food for
If I've missed the point somehow, feel free to let me know...
(By the way - and this has been bothering me for a few days - of course anyone
can tick whatever the hell they like if they want, but I personally WOULDN'T
tick a Westland Petrel that's being released into the wild from captivity, and
Westland Petrel is one of a very few seabirds to semi-regularly frequent Oz
that I am yet to catch up with. I mean, where's the challenge in that?!?! I
believe the accepted protocol in such situations is 24 hours... :)
On Behalf Of Robert Inglis
Sent: Saturday, 13 January 2007 1:39 PM
Subject: Attracting birds with calls
I find it rather strange that the "moral" twitchers who frown on calling
birds from tapes or ipods seem to lose those morals as soon as they
step aboard a pelagic birding boat.
I the art of chumming to attract birds really any different to getting
bush birds into better view by calling them out?
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