I'm looking to generate a data set of patterns of bird feeding to
review for a geography conference this year. I'm looking for cases
where native species of wild birds are fed in Australia on a regular
basis - where the birds are intentionally fed, not opportunistically
feeding from bins or picnic tables. In the case of pelagic species, I
am looking at cases where the birds are fed on regular basis (e.g. a
daily bird tour) - not brought by burley spread on a monthly boat trip.
Could you please send me your observations (off line) with the
location, a description of the situation, the pattern of the feeding,
the food being provided, the species being fed and the date (range) of
For example, a rainforest lodge on the Atherton Tableland provides
string bags for guest to place fruit (bananas) to bring in the local
birds. The location was Lake Eacham, the situation was rural
rainforest, the pattern of feeding was food placed in string bags, the
food was bananas, the species were Victoria's Riflebird, Macleay's
Honeyeaters, Spotted Catbirds, and the date would be Sep 2009.
Similarly, yesterday I watched people feeding the birds at O'Rileys.
This would equate to O'Riley's (Lamington Plateau); rural garden near
rainforest; hand feeding; seed; King Parrots, Crimson Rosellas, Red-
browed Firetails, Jan 2013.
Alternatively a neighbour feeds birds from her kitchen window. This
would equate to Brisbane; suburban garden; hand feeding from kitchen
window; meat; Laughing Kookaburras, Pied Currawongs, Pied
Butcherbirds; 2012, 2013.
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