As you can see, I am a 'noob' to this forum, but have registered to gauge opinion on a number of issues regarding problematic, invasive species, and primarily Indian Mynahs.
Let me say firstly, that I am a bird lover and conservationist. Let me also say up front that I am a hunter (ok... give it to me... ouch... eina... owwwww!)
My issue is that nothing is being done to control invasive bird species, with the effect that our indigenous species are suffering extreme stress and decline. I make particular reference to the Indian Mynah problem that has, over the last few years, become out of control in Johannesburg.
As an example, I put my own little 'microcosm' forward...
My Johannesburg garden.
Over the past 9 years, I had developed a strong, population of indigenous (birds) visitors (and residents) on my property, through providing the required habitat and food source.
These include the following (please excuse any naming errors)
1. 4 pairs of Red Billed Wood Hoopoos
2. Numerous Olive thrushes ('Flopwing' being the 'overlord')
3. A pair of Crested Barbets (there were 2 pairs)
4. 2 pairs of Black Collared Barbets
5. 1 pair of Burchells Coucals
6. Numerous Robins
7. 3 Hoopoos
8. A pair of Fiscal Shrikes
9. I estimate up to 4 individual Glossy Starlings
10. Flocks of Mousebirds
11. 1 Cockatiel (yes... someone's escaped pet)
12. Red faced finches and other seed eaters
13. at least 8 individual Grey Louries ('Mandela' being the 'king')
13. Various common species (sparrows, weavers, doves, rock pigeons and others)
Here's the kicker...
A short while back (1 season), a 'mob' of 6 - 10 Mynahs began frequenting the garden.
The Crested barbets were the first to go. Second were the Black collared barbets and then the Glossy Starlings. The Coucals became infrequent visitors, as did the Red Billed Wood Hoopoos and 'common' Hoopoos. Eventually, all I was left with were doves, sparrows, louries and... MYNAHS!
It did not take rocket science to realise what the problem was, and being a 'hunter', the unwelcome guests were (humanely, using a lead-based agent
I now have (since February or so), my 'old' population back where they belong. The wonderful sound of the Coucals were music to my ears. The Barbets have all returned to view and I very seldom have any unwelcome 'Subcontinental Eastern Aviation' visitors. My little patch is largely avoided by 'them'.
My point, long-winded though it may be, is if my 'little patch' was impacted so drastically by the Mynahs, how are they affecting the greater indigenous populations of bird species in Johannesburg, and...
WHAT IS BEING DONE TO COMBAT HE SCOURGE??????
I notice that Australia is far further down the indigenous destruction line than we are at present?
Can anyone enlighten me?