Re: birding-aus Serious World Twitch

To: Philip A Veerman <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus Serious World Twitch
From: Brian Fleming <>
Date: Thu, 13 May 1999 21:06:27 +1000
Philip A Veerman wrote:

> Anyway, what a self indulgent exercise. Do things like this contribute
> anything useful to ornithology? Especially, as family divisions are
> largely arbitrary anyway.

My thoughts exactly Philip.  How many of these 2700 odd birds would you
have actually SEEN? in the sense of really getting to know them.
Quite a few twitchers are inclined to tick a species off and never look
at that species again.  What a waste. I don't really feel I've seen a
species unless I had a really good look - preferably both sexes and
young as well, if relevant.  That way you really know what you're seeing
next time when you only get a glimpse!
Anthea Fleming in Melbourne.
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