Ethics, recordings and bird knowledge etc

To: "Stuart, Alan AD" <>
Subject: Ethics, recordings and bird knowledge etc
From: "Dave Torr" <>
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2007 14:32:33 +1100
BOCA's are similar (if rather more wordy!) :

BOCA's Code of Ethical Birdwatching

  1. The welfare of the birds must always have the highest priority. Do
  not cause stress to the birds or expose them to danger by approaching too
  closely or interfering with their natural behaviour. Try not to put resting
  birds to flight.
  2. Adjust your behaviour to the location. Except in busy public parks,
  walk slowly, speak quietly, drive cautiously. Watch from a distance or use
  your vehicle as a hide. Park your vehicle well away from the birds if you
  intend to get out.
  3. Keep habitat disturbance to the minimum around nests, eggs, display
  areas and roost sites. Removal of vegetation near nests for photography is
  4. Approach nests carefully and do not stay nearby for long periods.
  Your visit may assist predators to find eggs or young; your continued
  presence may drive the parents away.
  5. Wherever possible, walk or drive on formed roads, tracks and paths;
  nests low to the ground in dense vegetation are easily destroyed.
  6. Do not harass ground birds by repeated disturbance. If the aim is
  to see a particular species, the leader of a group should make sure that all
  observers are ready before calling up the bird or encouraging it to fly.
  'Beating' and 'roping' are inappropriate.
  7. Accept good distant views of a bird rather than risk causing stress
  through excessive spotlighting, or repeated playback or imitation of calls.
  A single call response will establish the presence of a species. At night,
  take care not to shine bright lights at animals at close range or for long
  8. Do not harass rare or vagrant birds by long periods of intense
  observation. They may be in strange territory and vulnerable to exhaustion
  and predation.
  9. Respect the rights of landholders and seek permission to enter
  their land.
  10. If you are attracting birds to your property with food or water,
  or providing artificial nest-hollows, think about the consequences of your
  actions and do not expose birds to predation by domestic animals.
  11. In groups, respect the rights of other observers. Raising your
  voice or pointing excitedly may spoil the sighting for the rest. When you
  have seen the bird, move away to make room for others. Be helpful to
  beginners in the group.
  12. Remember that all bird observers will be judged by your actions.

On 15/01/07, Stuart, Alan AD <> wrote:

Below are the code of ethics used by Hunter Bird Observers Club.  Some
other NSW clubs have similar codes (we share such things around):

The welfare of birds must come first.
Habitat must be protected.
Nests, eggs and the immediate vicinity must not be disturbed.
Keep disturbance of birds and their habitat to a minimum.
Abide by the bird protection laws at all times.
Keep your pets at home.
When you find a rare bird, think carefully about whom you should tell.
Make your records available to the local bird recorder.
Respect the rights of land owners.
Respect the rights of other people in the countryside.
Be an ambassador for birdwatchers generally. We do not want to be
unwelcome in the future.


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Robert Gosford
Sent: Saturday, 13 January 2007 3:22 PM
To: Steve; Birding-Aus
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus]Ethics, recordings and bird knowledge etc

Steve et al,

Mea culpa! - two comments - it is too wordy and should be available as a

list of dot points, and secondly, I gave up looking for it on the less
than friendly BA site after about 2 minutes - it doesn't come up on the
drop-down list or on the "Watch birds"etc buttons.



Steve wrote:

> G'day Bob and others
> Birds Australia has written a pamphlet called "Guidelines on
> recreational bird watching".  A copy can be found on my website:
> It discusses activities like the use of recordings and spotlights.
> Cheers
> Steve


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