Originally Posted by Deb Burhinus
I just read your post - Is this an identification guide for people responsible for controlling invasive species to use in the field? (So they shoot the right ones? - we lost quite a few Pochards (and other ducks ) in the RD cull, through presumably mistaken identity, so I can see why producing a guide just on invasive species (that are breeding) would help with control).
No, it's for birdwatchers only. I only produce information for birdwatchers. You can see my website at www.avesdeportugal.info
Currently we have no updated field guide for non-native birds (as you know, traditional field guides deal mainly with native birds). We badly need such a guide, so that birdwatchers and photographers can identify the exotics properly. That's what I am working on now.
This guide is not meant for conservationists. As I mentioned on my previous replies, I am not involved with any such conservation programs and besides I don't know of any plans to shoot Ruddy Ducks here in Portugal. In fact, Ruddy Ducks were never a serious problem in Portugal, we had isolated records some years ago, but I think there were none in recent years. Both Ruddy Duck and WH Duck are very rare in this country, the reason I want to include Ruddy Duck in the guide is to make sure that people know how to tell them from WH Duck in case they see one.
I hope that now you are less worried about my intentions.