Night Parrot captured and videoed

To: 'SeanDooley' <>, 'Tony Palliser' <>, 'david taylor' <>, 'Murray Lord' <>, 'birding-aus' <>
Subject: Night Parrot captured and videoed
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2015 22:28:30 +0000
Thanks for clarifying those things, Sean, and I'll look forward to reading the 
article. I know there were commercial considerations last time, but the flow of 
information this time has been a breath of fresh air.

Peter Shute

> -----Original Message-----
> From: SeanDooley 
> Sent: Monday, 10 August 2015 11:28 PM
> To: Peter Shute; 'Tony Palliser'; 'david taylor'; 'Murray
> Lord'; 'birding-aus'
> Subject: RE: [Birding-Aus] Night Parrot captured and videoed
> Hi Peter and all who have posted on this topic.
> Just to let you know, Dr Steve Murphy is writing a piece for
> the upcoming September issue of Australian Birdlife outlining
> the progress of much of the research that has been going on
> at the site of John Young's initial discovery.
> Without wanting to pre-empt Steve's article, the draft that I
> have seen has some pretty impressive results. Being able to
> attach the radio transmitter, (even for the few weeks it was
> operational) has enabled the researchers to probably learn as
> much about the ecology and behaviour of Night Parrots as we
> had learnt in the previous 150 years.
> As to the 50-250 population quoted, I suspect that comes from
> the Recovery Team estimates of the entire population. Steve's
> article will tell us that there are multiple birds at the
> site but nowhere near 50 for that location.
> And to Paul Dodd, I have to confess that on an interview I
> did with ABC News
> 24 today, I think I may have used the phrase "hordes of
> birdwatchers" who would want to see these birds! While
> personally I think the threat of birders adversely impacting
> Night Parrots while trying to twitch them is probably pretty
> low- certainly far less of a risk than that posed by wildlife
> smugglers- I still believe it is wise to keep the location
> secret for as long as possible. We can't afford to place
> these precious birds in jeopardy and we still don't know
> enough about them to be able to safely say they could
> withstand even a few birders searching for them in their home
> territories.
> And no, I am not one of the lucky ones to have been out to
> the site. Nor do I have the faintest idea where it is, aside
> from somewhere in Queensland!
> Cheers, Sean
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Birding-Aus
>  On Behalf Of Peter Shute
> Sent: Monday, 10 August 2015 11:51 AM
> To: 'Tony Palliser'; 'david taylor'; 'Murray Lord'; 'birding-aus'
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Night Parrot captured and videoed
> It's not clear whether they're referring to the local
> population or the national population. Surely there couldn't
> be even 50 locally, but a population as low as 250 nationally
> isn't good news, let alone 50.
> Peter Shute
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Birding-Aus
> >  On Behalf Of Tony
> > Palliser
> > Sent: Monday, 10 August 2015 10:49 AM
> > To: 'david taylor'; 'Murray Lord'; 'birding-aus'
> > Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Night Parrot captured and videoed
> >
> >
> > When reading through the article the following sentence
> really caught
> > my eye " Dr Murphy hopes the next round of netting will attract new
> > members of the population which could be made up of
> anywhere between
> > 50 and 250 birds. He is looking at new technology to track
> the birds
> > via Bluetooth".
> > I am baffled as to how the numbers are calculated - are
> there really
> > that many there now?  Certainly sounds most encouraging indeed.
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