Collecting birds

To: "Andrew Stafford" <>
Subject: Collecting birds
From: "Tony Russell" <>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2003 10:57:36 +0930
Hi Andrew, good to hear from you.

Ok, maybe I did inadvertently gloss over Frank's comment  about assessing on
a case by case basis. He has mailed me privately since then but made no
mention of this.  As you say, he can speak for himself well enough.

Ok, yes, I accept road kills as an unfortunate source of specimens. Apart
from the behaviour of perhaps a few undesirables on our roads, these are
usually at least accidental.  Certainly abhorrent, but not done on purpose
like a shooting.

And yes, I know about being able to ask for a viewing at museums, just
raising the point that they are so strapped for funds that some ashamedly no
longer have curators of birds or any displays - dioramas, is , I believe the
term.  Instead, our beautiful birds are hidden away in musty drawers.

What ? Me use strong words ? It's about time someone did.

Mention Tahiti Petrel once more and you're blocked Andrew.  I'll get to see
one some day, but please don't shoot me one.


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