In the New Atlas, Table 3, Appendix 4, page 739 is
a table of species recorded less frequently in the new atlas than in the old
atlas. This table has an entry for Brahminy Kite that actually shows an increase
in reporting rate. Either this is in the wrong table or the figures are
wrong or something.
This message should not be taken as a criticism,
having been involved in the production of scientific papers and books in the
past I know how easy it is for little errors to avoid detection until after
publication. Rather this is a request for the true status of the Brahminy Kite
to be revealed.
In reply to Andrew Silcocks message re criticism of
the vignettes, I will say that I was one of those critics and that if I have
offended anyone then I apologise. As an artist, I couldn't draw water through a
straw, but I still feel I should be able to say what I think. I did say that
some of the drawings were stunning, without saying which ones; so any artist who
read my message is free to think of themself as being in the stunning category
and not the amateurish one.
Overall, the New Atlas is a credit to all involved
in its production and I will find it of immense interest and
value for years to come. The authors have foreshadowed the possibility of
more atlasses in the future, the problem will be what to call them
'The Newer .....', 'The Even Newer', 'The Absolute Newest .....'
Regards to all