I was also saddened to learn of the
passing of Peter. I had the pleasure of driving Peter around Barham for 3
days in July of this year. Sitting on the ground under a gum
tree by the side of a creek, eating our lunch and chatting, we discussed
many things, not necessarily about birds, but always the conversation flowed
As I was leaving after the third day, I
remembered I hadn't asked Peter if he'd mind signing my "Birds of the Barham
District". He happily obliged.
In hindsight, I'm glad I didn't say
"I'll do it next time".
The highlight of those 3 days, I think for
both of us, was visiting the Whymoul Forest and having a Gilbert's Whistler come
to within 3 metres, landing on the top of a bush and calling. Binoculars weren't
I didn't know Peter all that well but I will
certainly remember him for a long time. Some people just touch our lives and
leave a lasting impression.