I haven't been down to the Red Goshawk site very often, but I've only ever
seen other birders there on one occasion. Those birders were walking up and
down the road. It's a pity that there may be those who choose to climb
fences (or trees), either to get closer or to look further afield if they
have missed the birds from the road.
Many of the birders that I know of have stayed at the cabins at the site,
which is good practice in keeping up relations with the property owner
there. On some occasions when I stayed there the birds were nesting not far
from the cabin. I'd say I was more cautious at those times than the average
tourist, oblivious to the birds' presence, may have been. However, breeding
in those years appears to have been successful, so the proximity to at
least some visitors was not an issue.
I've seen the birds nesting there in different years, at four different
sites within several hundred metres of each other, with two of those sites
completely beyond view of the road. It may be that the failed year was one
in which one of the 'out of the way' sites was used, although Denise's
contact may have had direct evidence of its failure.
If any Birding-Aussies have seen young there in the last few years, or of
birds sitting on a nest, maybe they could let us know. We may be able to gt
an idea of success rate or otherwise.
In the meantime, we can only hope that with whatever tourist/birder
pressure there is, that the birds continue successfully.
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