Eagles and other dumb remarks

To: "Bruce Roubin" <>, "birding Aus" <>
Subject: Eagles and other dumb remarks
From: Goodfellow <>
Date: Sun, 17 Jun 2001 08:39:40 +0000
Hi Bruce
I once accompanied a group of birdwatchers and others, including a very 
wealthy South African man and his delightful, blowsy blonde girlfriend, 
who wore full-skirted silk dresses in the bush, and reminded me of a 
galleon in full sail.    

This woman (I forget her name) had defended members of the African 
National Congress (I hope I've got this right) who were being tried for 
blowing up bridges and for murder, and had had her life threatened on 
many occasions.  Another woman, a renowned film-maker told of how on a 
deserted road their vehicle had broken down.  Seeing a truck loaded with 
African workers coming down the road she wanted to run and hide thinking 
they were about to be robbed and raped, if not murdered, but the lawyer 
stepped out into the middle of the road and hailed them like long-lost 
friends. The workers hopped out, fixed the car and the women were on 
their way, no problems.

At Anbangbang Billabong she saw Magpie Geese upending and exclaimed, 'Oh 
look, penguins!' We all laughed, but in sheer delight at her innocent 
remark.  Knowing her past deeds made this woman's ignorance of birds 
rather insignificant indeed.

Now another request.  An American birder wants to get hold of an 
Australian bird list with the names of families, and on line.  Can anyone 
out there help?

Denise Goodfellow  (Lawungkurr Maralngurra)

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