Ethical Birding

To: "John Leonard" <>, "Birding-aus" <>
Subject: Ethical Birding
From: "Peter Shute" <>
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2008 11:51:05 +1100
 wrote on Monday, 21 January 2008 11:24

> I take people's points about unreasonable behaviour in
> relation to private property, but I would be slightly more
> sympathetic if I had had better experience of courtesy in the
> bush (on public property) than I have had. I think we all
> know what I mean: harassment (verbal or from vehicles),
> insults, threatening behaviour, loud/loutish behaviour with intent to
> disturb &c &c
> Also of note is the habit of rural landowners on blaming
> damage to property on 'city-folk', when it's obvious that
> city-folk wouldn't waste their time driving hundreds of kms
> just to vandalise a rural property. It's obvious that in 99%
> of the cases it's the rural folks' own footloose and feckless
> offspring that are doing it!

The feral offspring would be also be the discourteous ones you mentioned
above, I would imagine.

While on this subject I must mention that I noticed someone walking
through the middle of the fenced area of Truganina Swamp on the weekend.
Couldn't see it they had binoculars, but I'm guessing that it may have
been someone who had just been for a look at the crakes at Mt St Joseph
pond.  I later noticed that the fence at the end he was heading towards
was bent down badly, like a nail had come loose from their weight as
they climbed out, but I don't know if this was new damage.  They had a
red back pack - you know who you are.

I don't know if entering conservation areas is as big a no no as
entering private property without permission, but I don't think it's a
good idea, especially if you cause damage in doing it.  It also
encourages the locals to try it - I've never seen anyone else in there
and I'd rather they didn't start.

If anyone recognises themselves from the description I'd be interested
to hear what you saw in there - I've never been in.

Peter Shute

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