Gurney's Pitta Update - Hurry if you want to see one.

To: 'Denise Goodfellow' <>, Carl Clifford <>
Subject: Gurney's Pitta Update - Hurry if you want to see one.
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2012 07:59:59 +1000
Denise Goodfellow wrote:

> Phillip Veerman ought to be commended for not wishing to add this bird
> to
> his list. His attitude ought to be the benchmark.

Are there any Australian birds that fall in the same category?

I think it's really how you go about it that does the damage. Surely it would 
be ok to go to the Gurney's Pitta location and sit there for hours, just as 
that photographer did, but without playing the call? Here I think it's fine for 
me to go to WTP and stand and wait, or drive slowly around, in the hope that I 
see an OBP, but not ok if I tramp through the habitat hoping to flush one.

Or does it also depend on how many people are also trying to see one? If there 
are dozens of people standing around waiting or driving around, then that might 
be just as disturbing to the birds as someone stomping through the undergrowth.

Peter Shute

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