Leave the Night Parrot alone

To: carl clifford <>, "" <>
Subject: Leave the Night Parrot alone
From: martin cachard <>
Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2015 02:10:43 +0000

Further to what Carl has written here, I feel it is crucial to point out that 
there are, in my humble opinion, two different types of people looking for and 
watching birds - both unfortunately collectively known as BIRDERS. Firstly, we 
have birders who watch birds responsibly and treat them with the respect that 
they should be afforded. These birders I call birdwatchers. I place myself 
firmly in this category. Secondly, we have birders who watch birds 
irresponsibly and show much disrespect towards the very creatures that they 
purport to care about. They harass the birds with irresponsible use of bird 
voice; they creep in way too close for that perfect image; they show disrespect 
towards other observers more patient themselves; they show disrespect towards 
the land on which they are birding, whether it be private property or publicly 
accessible or a sensitive reserve; they exaggerate on or lie about their 
observations; they jump straight back into their cars heading for their next 
target as soon as they've, or even one of their mates, got a positive ID... 
etc...etc!! This second group I just call SELFISH, LAZY, and SHAMEFUL - full 
stop!! I find it very hard to call them birders, if I am to be honest. Please 
let's all be patient - one day we can all go and have a look for Night Parrots 
on this very piece of land under study at the moment, wherever it is. But until 
then, there is nothing stopping anyone from going and finding their own Night 
Parrots elsewhere - just like John Young did !! There are plenty of other spots 
that would be worth searching for them - Pilbara, Gibson Desert, Canning Stock 
Route, Mt Isa-Bedourie, Tanami Desert, etc etc... The result of finding other 
populations in other parts of the country would be far more beneficial for the 
species, than selfish observers just lazily looking for easier targets where 
they have been found to be recently and currently, putting undue stress on the 
very same individual birds repeatedly, which cannot be good for them however 
you look at it. Let's just !
 go and find some more somewhere else - that would so much more rewarding than 
an easier or quicker tick, wouldn't it??!! Enough from me on this... martin 
cachard,trinity beach,cairns.

> From: 
> Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2015 10:55:24 +1000
> To: 
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Leave the Night Parrot alone
> While the Night Parrot is undoubtedly, the Holy Grail of Australian (and 
> probably international) birders, we should do the right thing and not attempt 
> either find it, or if a population is found to be on an accessible site, not 
> attempt to "tick" it. Birders have been a significant factor in the decline 
> of a number of bird species world wide , e.g. Gurneys Pitta and Bornean 
> Ground Cuckoo, in what had previously been significant locations for these 
> species.
> So, for the Ground Parrot's sake leave it alone. One less tick won't kill you.
> Carl Clifford
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