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To: "'Terry Pacey'" <>, "'Birding-aus'" <>
Subject: Bird lists
From: "Lawrie Conole" <>
Date: Mon, 6 Jan 2003 14:21:04 +1100
Terry Pacey wrote:

> Why don't those who have large numbers of ticks,
> list them on Birding-aus along with their status
> as regards amateur or professional birder?  That
> way we see who has made the BIG effort.  Unfortunately,
> I won't appear on either list as my total would be
> small (if I knew what it was).

Making a major assumption up front, viz., that my total warrants the
description "large", I'm going to step up to the plate.  

I checked my Australian life list total on Tony Palliser's excellent web
page and found
that I last updated my list at 622 species in August 1998 (circa 4.5
years ago).

Interestingly enough I think the last new Australian bird for me was
something I got whilst on holiday at Noosa in July 1998!  This pre-dates
my evolution from amateur to professional birder, and since working as a
research assistant and environmental consultant in Victoria, South
Australia and NSW (1999 onwards), I haven't had any local lifers (during
work time or otherwise).  My Victorian list stands at 422, but this too
was entirely compiled in my pre-professional life.

The other thing worth noting is that it took me 20 years to accumulate
622 species in Australia, which gives you some idea about how small a
rush I'm in to tick them all off!!  I make no apology though for keeping
various lists - life, Australian, states, other countries, etc. - they
offer me some trivial amusement from time to time.

Cheers -- Lawrie

Lawrie Conole
Senior Ecologist
Ecology Australia Pty. Ltd.
Flora and Fauna Consultants
88B Station Street
FAIRFIELD VIC 3078 Australia
Ph: (03) 9489 4191; Mob: (0419) 588 993
Fax: (03) 9481 7679
ABN 83 006 757 142

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