nesting bazza

To: "Peter Shute" <>, "'kbrandwood'" <>, "birdingaus" <>
Subject: nesting bazza
From: "Greg & Val Clancy" <>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2009 15:45:06 +1100
The desire to share one's birding experiences is fairly common in birdwatchers generally and certainly to find a nest of a rare or uncommon bird is very rewarding. Sharing the exact location of a nest has its positives and negatives. The positives are that other caring people will visit and maybe keep an eye on the nest which can make them more aware of the species and its needs and possibly prevent disturbance to the nest by egg collectors and uncaring photographers. Identifying the location of a nest may mean that it can be protected from any proposed developments (not applicable in this case as it is in a national park). It is sometimes better to publicise the location of a nest than to have it destroyed by a development because the developer and approval authority weren't aware of its existence.

Certainly publishing exact location details of a nest on a site like Birding-aus may be unwise. The negatives are that too many people may visit the site and disturb the birds, egg collectors may visit the site, and uncaring photographers may disturb the birds. It should be noted that in the past some egg collectors were reported to have killed nestling birds so that the parents would relay thereby providing a clutch of eggs for them to collect.

I would suggest that the best method is to report only a general location and offer to provide more specific details on request. At least this way you can record who makes the request and you have a filter operating. In the case of threatened species the exact location should be kept secret unless there is a good conservation reason for others (other than the wildlife authorities) knowing.

Publicising the location of Osprey nests on the NSW North Coast has helped to protect them as a body of Osprey nest watchers has built up and woe betide anyone climbing to the nests to steal the eggs.

Greg Clancy

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