Re: foraging Pied Oystercatchers

Subject: Re: foraging Pied Oystercatchers
From: Eric Hocking <>
Date: Mon, 06 Jul 1998 13:44:00 +1000
rob leask wrote:
> however, i lived in the u.k when younger and i think eric
> is a bit off the mark. for the size of the place the british isles have
> an enormous number of birds. 

You're quite right Rob.  I actually had enormous fun in the UK last year and
many of the sightings were firsts for me.  Britain *does* have a wide variey
of species and because of the limitation of the field guide I was using I
listed a number of "unknown/unsure".  I was merely pointing out the number
of different birds of the same species we have here.  For instance, I've a
friend in Wales that was overwhelmed at the number of different Kinfishers I
saw up in Queensland, where in the UK you've really only got a choice of the
one (not-so) common one.  

> aussie is a great place for birds, but the u.k. has good points also!!

Anywhere there's a bird to be found has it's good points!

In fact I'm about to embark on another business trip to London and then to
Houston.  Since the dollar is practically worthless over there I'll be
keeping shy of the pubs and jazz clubs and taking the tube/met to a number
of birdwatching spots near London.  I've already had a number of emails
inviting me to join peope on their local "pathces", bot in the UK and the
US.  Such is the type of person you meet birdwatching.

> just a note in reply to eric hoskin's mail 

Don't I wish I could photograph birds as well as Eric Hosking did.

Eric Hocking
"A closed mouth gathers no feet"
==   Melbourne, Australia   ==

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