I haven't been to any birding locations of interest lately, though I do have a few good spots coming up in the next few weeks. Since I didn't have much to write, I have been thinking about ethical birding. After my first outing with Birdlife East Gippsland on Monday, I was impressed how everyone spoke and walked quietly. So, I have done a bit of research on "ethical birding".
Here are some points:
- When birding, be aware of your surroundings. Don't bump into other people, or cause an accident.
- Keep quiet, for both the birds and other birders sake.
- Be very careful if you are going to photograph nests. Ravens and other predators could notice your scent, or disturbance, and wreck havoc on the nest.
- Always seek permission before entering other peoples properties, even if its just a "back paddock" .
- Keep your vehicle on established roads and tracks.
- When walking, pay attention to the ground before you. Doing this will not only reduce the chance of getting bitten by a snake, but also avoid destroying ground and under-story bird's nests.
- Always respect the privacy of others. People tend to think that you are spying on them if you have a spotting scope or a big prime lens. Be discreet.
|Be aware of nesting Hooded Plovers and tern in this sort of environment|
|A Golden Headed Cisticola. Think twice before charging into its habitat.|