calling? or flushing?

To: birding aus <>
Subject: calling? or flushing?
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Sun, 14 Jan 2007 15:55:16 +1100
On Sun, Jan 14, 2007 at 01:05:11PM +1000, John Tongue wrote:
> I have even read of this method being used to survey areas for Ground
> Parrots, and the like.  In fact, I think this is probably likely to
> have a more detrimental effect than call playback.  If an individual
> accidentally flushes a bird when walking through an area of bush, then
> that is one thing, but a line of people systematically traversing an
> area of heath would surely make that a very unattractive area for a
> species to continue to inhabit!

There has been an annual survey of Ground Parrots in this manner since
(I think) 1983 at Barren Grounds.  GPs do continue to inhabit the
surveyed area.  The information gained is valuable in managing reserves
containing GPs particularly regarding fire regime.  I don't think the
people who organize the surveys would say there is definitely no impact
just that its small enough to be justified.


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