Re: Lewin's Rail, Bicent Park and Call Playback

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Subject: Re: Lewin's Rail, Bicent Park and Call Playback
From: "Evan Beaver" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2009 10:52:28 +1100
Just a quick addendum. Bicent Park refers to Bicentennial Park at
Homebush in Sydney.

Also, got home and watched the local Square-Tailed Kite harrass the
smaller locals for a couple of hours. It's funny, when the Kite is
soaring/patrolling the Noisy Miners go beresk. But, when the Kite is
quartering or actually on the hunt, it is VERY quiet around the house.


On Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 9:46 AM, Evan Beaver <> wrote:
> Went with GT for a look at the Lewin's on Sunday morning, and,
> possibly fortunately (see below), I dipped on the Rail, but had
> cracking views of the Spotless Crake, a bird I'd only seen once
> before, and very fleetingly. For a plain bird they're quite
> interesting.
> Did a quick lap around the northern end of the big lake and the bay,
> turning up a Common Sandpiper and Striated Heron, along with the
> normal Teals, Stilts and Avocets. Not a bad haul. An even quicker turn
> around Mason park added Sharpies, Curlew Sandpiper and a lone Pacific
> Golden Plover. No Pectorals, but we were moving pretty quickly.
> Now, back to the Rail. As we've discussed here ad nauseum in the past,
> everyone has their own list, and their own ethics/rules governing
> their lists. I decided a long time ago that I would never use call
> playback to attract a bird. Impersonating the call myself is okay, but
> no recordings are permitted. Usually this is pretty easy to follow; I
> almost always bird alone, so as long as I remember not to play calls I
> should be okay. However, it gets a bit difficult when there other
> birders around with different opinions for their lists. So on sunday I
> was on the horns of a moral dilemna; others were using call playback,
> could I tick the bird if it did show? I decided that no, this would be
> cheating under my moral code. I'm not suggesting that everyone should
> stop immediately; as stated before this is my PERSONAl code, and
> no-one else is in any way obliged to take it seriously. However, if,
> as I believe is the case with most birders, you don't want to
> accidentally upset other people, there is a pretty good case for
> asking for permission before playing a call in the pressence of other
> birders. That's all really. I don't think there was any malicious
> intent, just a meeting of moral codes. So, if you're the type who
> likes a bit of playback with their birding, perhaps a quick "is this
> okay" would be nice before launching into it?
> EB
> --
> Evan Beaver
> Lapstone, Blue Mountains, NSW
> lat=-33.77, lon=150.64

Evan Beaver
Lapstone, Blue Mountains, NSW
lat=-33.77, lon=150.64

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