We sometimes had discussions about the ethics of bird watching from a hide. The elevated hides at Gluepot are placed in front of elevated water troughs. Some birds would fly in directly and without as much as a glance in the direction of the hide proceed to drink or bathe. Others would approach with considerable caution, taking ages to hop one branch at a time closer to the water.
Many of the birds we ticked from inside the hides were not seen elsewhere ‘in the wild’ and we would not have otherwise seen them. A quick check through a bird list just now indicates I saw at least 22 species from the hides at Gluepot this year. I enjoy ‘stalking’ birds in the bush immensely. I also had some of the best views of some stunning birds from sitting inside a comfortable hide.
The common or garden Galah always provided entertainment and colour. They would come in to drink in small mobs and compete with one another to be first at the water.
Major Mitchell Cockatoo
This endangered bird came to the water troughs in ones and twos.
Unlike the Galah and some other cockatoos, the Major Mitchell has not adapted well to man made changes to their habitat. They don’t take well to our crops, much preferring seeds and fruit of native pine and acacia species.
Nothing unethical about observing birds from hides in my book!