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    GeoffG sent me a PM re. the iPod / speaker set up that I used to attract the Eastern Spinebill. I thought that I would post an image here so that others could view it.

    I bought the speakers at Dick Smith for $20 when I inherited my son's 4GB iPod. They are very light and put out a reasonable volume (I had the young bloke at Dick Smith demonstrate their capability before I bought them. You should have seen the look on his face when I told him for what they'd be used ). The only drawback is that they're powered by four relatively expensive AAA batteries. I plan to buy a rechargeable set next week.

    So far, the set up has been good for Spinebills, Brown Thornbills, WB Scrubwrens and Superb Fairy-wrens i.e. the usual suspects who reliably respond to "pishing". A pair of gorgeous Golden Whistlers have ignored the thing !

    I use it sparingly, for just enough time to attract the bird closer and to fire off a couple of shots. If the bird becomes at all distressed I turn it off and move on.

    Hopefully someone will find this post useful.
    Cheers,

    George

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    Another thing to consider is an extension cord. I have an 8 metre cable so that i can be away from where the sound is coming from. The only draw back is that it can be a messy thing to deal with. A short call if needed is always best to avoid stress and also because some will become bored with it and ignore it altogether.
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    Where can you get good calls, I know the bird in backyards website has some bu they rarely get a response and I was wondering if there was a database of territorial or mating calls or something?
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