"michael hunter" <>
Fri, 15 Nov 2013 13:20:43 +1100
Adding escapees or ferals to one's bird list must be OK if
they are annotated as being likely Escapees or Ferals, and whether or not they
have Self-sustaining breeding colonies. Patently they are not Australian
Natives, but neither are most Birding-ausers. Doesn't mean they aren't there or
not worth seeking out.
As a one-time serious ticker, seeking out self-sustaining
colonies took us to some interesting places eg for Peacocks, Ostriches and
White Swans, probably now exterminated or otherwise demised.
Recording those sightings on Birding-aus could be valuable.
Indian Ringneck imports to SE England have become naturalised and a real
problem, there must be millions of them now. I saw one in Mulgoa Valley a few
years ago with a flock of Rainbow Lorikeets, fortunately never seen again, but
if a series of reports came in it would justify efforts to control them before
becoming a problem.
Perhaps the biggest problem is separating escapees from
vagrants, and true vagrants from accidental (eg boat-borne) transportees.
Asylum-seekers are in another category all together.
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