Thursday, October 8, 2015
Greetings Paul, yes I was aware of the recent discovery of a male Guadalcanal Mountain Kingfisher. Sadly, before we could revel in that amazing event, the bird was killed to be used as a museum specimen. I am still trying to wrap my brain around that decision. I am still searching for something that will give me a "reason" why that decision was made or who made it, instead of setting up a captive breeding situation in the forest(apparently females have been sighted more often over the years.) I have often pondered how a person would have felt years ago, ordering a buffalo burger in a restaurant, and upon receiving their burger being told, "enjoy it, that's the last of the buffalo." Thank God for controlled, licensed hunting, but how do you justify a museum specimen with possibly the last remaining individual?? At the moment the best we have are photo's and a sound recording.
Posted by Wade G. Burck