Photography and disturbing birds

To: Wendy <>, Birding Aus <>
Subject: Photography and disturbing birds
From: Denise Goodfellow <>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2008 09:03:36 +0930
When surveying bats years ago I strung  triplines across rockholes.  Then it
was a case of trying to beat the Merten's Water Monitors to the swimming
bats!  Sadly, the water monitors have been badly hit by the cane toads, and
it's hard to see them anywhere in the nw Top End.

Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow
PO Box 3460 NT 0832, AUSTRALIA
Ph. 61 08 89 328306
Birdwatching and Indigenous tourism consultant
PhD Candidate


on 29/10/08 8:24 AM, Wendy at  wrote:

> Excessive disturbance of birds for photos, and pruning for nest shots is
> outrageous - I have NEVER heard of tree shortening before!!!!!!!!!!!!
> [Some lens shortening (with a hacksaw) seems appropriate compensation ......
> for a start!!]
> Wild birds do take advantage/use us too.
> I am in to moth photography. On Sat I was searching scrub for a particular
> moth (and moths in general). I flushed a moth, I did not have good shots of
> in my collection, onto an exposed stick on its larval foodplant - perfect!
> Before I could approach a Grey Fantail flashed across the path, feet from
> me - and the moth disappeared!!
> I actually thought this moth  was a poisonous one, but it must have just
> been one of the pretenders!
> The Fantail seemed pretty happy!
> While not birds, I have also been followed about at night by a young water
> rat/Rikali while searching for rare frogs with a researcher! NOT helpful....
> for us! (Rotten foxes commonly did it too!!!)
> Wendy

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