Hornbill researcher and conservationist Ravinder Kaur saw unethical bird photographers at work in Pahang. She shares her experience and concerns.
A MONTH ago, I had just returned from a field trip in Pahang to watch a pair of Helmeted hornbills (Rhinoplax vigil), one of the most endangered hornbill species in Southeast Asia.
The calls of the bird lingered in my ears as I unloaded my car upon return. But the birds themselves did not plant it there.
Rather, over four days in the field, I had been exposed to photographers’ incessant playbacks of the Helmeted hornbill calls from their speakers.
They were using such recorded playbacks to lure the Helmeted hornbills for a photo.
(Photo: Helmeted hornbill, a critically endangered species threatened by poaching and deforestation. (Sanjitpaal Singh / JITSPICS.COM©)Continue reading Stop the Playbacks If You Love Helmeted Hornbills