Raptor CD

To: "Bill Stent" <>, "Peter Shute" <>,
Subject: Raptor CD
From: "Colin R" <>
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2010 10:15:41 +1000
Personally I wouldn't bother even recommending, never mind using, a
plastic owl. There are dozens of sh*t stained pontoons in the Brisbane
river where I kayak and the most stained have a plastic owl standing
guard! I think the Silver Gulls see it as a protector rather than a
threat  - they definitely seem to prefer the pontoons with one. And, no,
I'm not imagining things!

There was one boat that had a 'mewling' sound coming from it that had me
trying to see what bird was lying injured or what young bird was
stranded as I circled it on the water. I realised, after a while, that
it was the same sound over and over again and heard it again on
subsequent mornings. Not sure if it served a purpose, but there were no
birds showing any interest - fear or otherwise. Not sure, either, if it
was candid camera or a U tube thing - I felt pretty silly...

If your friend is going to try to scare birds with a raptor call I
imagine it'd have to be loud and at random intervals, I don't think they
fall for continuous repetition - much the way birds called in by
playback become unresponsive after a while as the 'music stays the

Good luck with that!



On Mon, 15 Mar 2010 06:23 +1100, "Bill Stent" <>
> You could always recommend a plastic Owl.  They're quite popular here in 
> Melbourne, although I can only assume people find them aesthetic, as I
> can 
> see no evidence of their actually working (there's one in our city car
> park 
> standing guard over a small colony or feral pigeons).  I'm not even sure 
> what species it's supposed to be - a horned owl of some sort.
> I think the basic idea is that the birds recognise the representation as
> an 
> owl and keep their distance.  Of course the same reasoning would suggest 
> that they recognise statues as humans and stay away.  This probably comes 
> under the heading of "never let the facts get in the way of a good
> theory."
> Bill
> --------------------------------------------------
> From: "Peter Shute" <>
> Sent: Sunday, March 14, 2010 10:34 PM
> To: <>; <>
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Raptor CD
> > CD number 2 in the BOCA set includes the eagles, hawks, etc. Owls are on 
> > number 4.  They can be purchased separately.  I don't know what effect 
> > playing them might have on non target birds, that live in the area.
> >
> > Pest control companies sell devices that regularly play various raptor 
> > calls. I assume they're intended to scare away pigeons and starlings, etc. 
> > I don't know how well they work - there are still plenty of them in places 
> > they aren't wanted.
> >
> > Peter Shute
> >
> >
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