Victoria pelagic

To: "birding aus" <>
Subject: Victoria pelagic
From: "Stephen Keen" <>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2006 18:51:31 -0000
I do feel guilty now, what a stirrer! Never sure with Birding-aus which emails have come through the forum and which privately so won't mention any names. I'm only teasing, honest. I have absolutely no doubt that Mike Carter, or any others on rarity committees anywhere, aren't 100% bonzer birders (see I did learn something down under), just get mildly irked by the odd thing or two. I hope you'll forgive me Mike, and hope you'll pop in if ever you're in the south of England. Quite apart from anything else I wouldn't want anyone thinking I need to travel half way round the world to misidentify things. I'm perfectly adept at it here, too ;-)

Although . . . as it has been resurrected I will mention my dodgy shearwaters again. I don't doubt local knowledge regarding the relative abundance of Short-tailed and Sooty, but I'm rather concerned that I haven't yet found anything on the web, despite some thorough searching, to tell that they definitely weren't Sooty. Is there a good ID paper I can look up? And I still stand totally by the pale-phase Wedge-tailed ID. Anything that's similar and more likely, please let me know, then I can reassess.

Best regards to yous all, look forward to coming back again, but not til we've won the Ashes again (2025?)

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