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.
Life List : 481 (Southern Cassowary, Etty Bay, QLD, Oct., 2016)