birding-aus special birds and Aboriginal kids

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From: Goodfellow <>
Date: Tue, 21 Dec 99 10:33:19 +0930
Birding Experiences - I very much liked Terrance's description of his 
relationship with the Boobook.  Hilary and I once had an injured Barking 
Owl that would go to sleep in our arms if we stroked its breast.  

I've seen many special birds this year but my award would have to go to 
that crazy Bush Stone-curlew down stairs.  Gribble survived the indignity 
of a brisk dog wash (Sarah got so enthusiastic she actually pressed the 
bird into the dirt); it lies out in the open on its side legs stretched 
out, eyes shut and everyone thinks it's dead.  It perches on its ankle 
joints with no other part touching the ground.  Don't know how the bird 
does it! 

Oh of course there was the part-blind immature White-gaped Honeyeater 
that turned up at our feeding station to be fed by hand.  And the 
Orange-footed Scrubfowl that marches up the steps as if it's taken out a 
lease on the place.

Three Aboriginal grandchildren are coming to stay Christmas Eve, Solitia, 
Shauna and Angie, aged 4,6 and 9.  They've had something of a bad time.  
If anyone out there would care to send them a greeting by email I'm sure 
they would be delighted.

My very best wishes to all, especially those of you I've come to regard 
as soulmates if not friends.

Denise Goodfellow (Lawungkurr Maralngurra)
Specialist Guide
Ph/Fax 61 8 89 818492
PO Box 39373 Winnellie NT 0821, AUSTRALIA

or Parap Bookshop, Parap NT 0821, AUSTRALIA
Ph 08 89813922

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