Birdsong Apps can be Harmful Imposters

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Birdsong Apps can be Harmful Imposters

Smartphone Birdsong Apps can be Harmful Imposters

I have seen many beautiful images of tropical and migratory songbirds. I know how hard photographers work, and the often insanely expensive equipment they use to make these images. The bird photographers I know are responsible and well educated bird watching enthusiast.

Thus, I was surprised to read this June 14, 2013 article on and find out that some photographers are harming birds with smartphone apps!

I think it is important enough to reprint most of the article here:

“Birdwatchers who play back birdsongs on their smartphones to attract wild birds can stop the winged creatures from performing important tasks like feeding their young, experts warn. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) says it is receiving more reports of people playing birdsong recordings so they can photograph birds or observe them up close.

“It is selfish and shows no respect to the bird. People should never use playback to attract a species during its breeding season,” said southern Wales RSPB spokesman Tony Whitehead.

Bird expert Chris Thain told the BBC that people would be “devastated” if they realized how much harm the use of the apps can cause to wildlife.”

There you have it. Use your birdsong smartphone apps wisely! And while you’re at it, follow and read the weekly diary of our planet Earth.