Maybe, but when people want close photos of raptors, they seem to build a tower
with a hide on top, and wait for the birds to get used to it. Surely climbing
the tree would just result in the birds flying away and not coming back till
you're gone, if ever.
>From: John Tongue
>Sent: Friday, 17 August 2012 9:52 AM
>To: Peter Shute
>Cc: 'Denise Goodfellow'; Birding Aus
>Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Red Goshawk harrassment
>Or over-zealous photographer??
>On 17/08/2012, at 9:24 AM, Peter Shute wrote:
>> Climbing the tree doesn't sound like normal birder bad behaviour. That
>sounds more like an egg collector.
>> Peter Shute
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: [birding-aus-
>>> On Behalf Of Denise Goodfellow
>>> Sent: Friday, 17 August 2012 7:43 AM
>>> To: Birding Aus
>>> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Red Goshawk harrassment
>>> While in Mataranka recently I heard about the behaviour of some
>>> towards the Red Goshawk near Bitter Springs. Some had climbed the
>>> into private property and one, according to the proprietor of the
>>> caravan park , had even climbed the tree in which the bird nested.
>>> Several other birders (thirty or forty according to the proprietor)
>>> camped outside their property opposite the nesting tree.
>>> That year, according to the proprietor, the birds didn't raise any
>>> Some years ago I warned birders of the ramifications of bad behaviour
>>> entry to the Leanyer Sewage Ponds. The result was that access to the
>>> was tightened considerably.
>>> The goshawks have now shifted their nest well away from the road. If
>>> shift it again then the bird may well be out of sight of visiting
>>> and they'll be dependent on the goodwill of the owner of that
>>> let them in. I think that reserve of goodwill may be wearing thin.
>>> Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow
>>> 1/7 Songlark Street,
>>> Bakewell, NT 0832
>>> 043 8650 835
>>> PhD candidate, SCU
>>> Vice-chair, Wildlife Tourism Australia
>>> Nominated for the Condé Nast international ecotourism award, 2004 by
>>> renowned American website, Earthfoot.
>>> Wildlife Adviser, BBC¹s ŒDeadly 60¹
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>>> A second edition of Fauna of Australia¹s Top End used by the
>>> NSW as a text for 12 years is now under preparation.
>>> 'It gave me huge insight into the lives' of Aboriginal Australians¹,
>>> Jonathon Franzen, American author, birder, conservationist (August,
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