It's depressing to see how many drongos you see queuing up to vote.
On 24/11/2007, L&L Knight <> wrote:
> Just got back from the polling station.
> It took longer to filling the senate ballot [I put the bird shooters
> party ~ 50] than to queue [I refused all how to vote cards as I already
> know how to vote]. Since I live a couple of blocks from the polling
> station, I counted the birds that I saw while doing my electoral duty.
> The rule was to walk faster than any incumbent politicians, so the
> total observation time was equivalent to the time Russell was in his
> Now the birds I observed were:
> Noisy Miner
> Torresian Crow
> Rainbow Lorikeet
> Aus Magpie
> Spotted Turtledove
> Straw-necked Ibis [seen in the queue]
> Pied Butcherbird
> Common Mynah
> Crested Pigeon
> Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
> Pied Currawong.
> Regards, Laurie.
> On Saturday, November 24, 2007, at 01:39 PM, storm wrote:
> > All the more reason to Vote Early!
> > (if not often :-)
> > storm, the postal voter
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From:
> > Behalf Of L&L Knight
> > Sent: Saturday, 24 November 2007 2:39 PM
> > To: Peter Shute
> > Cc:
> > Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Federal election - getting the numbers
> > OK, walking from the boundary of the property to the polling booth.
> > You realise there is also a bias against people who vote at
> > mid-afternoon, when bird numbers are lower and the queues are shorter.
> > On Saturday, November 24, 2007, at 01:12 PM, Peter Shute wrote:
> >> Nope, you have to be in the queue. That's the beauty of this
> >> self-handicapping event. Places with more birds tend to have shorter
> >> queues, and people who think getting up early will get them more birds
> >> will have less time to see them.
> >> If we bend the rules we'll have people parking further away just to
> >> get more birds. Or, even worse, *walking* from home (probably Green
> >> voters).
> >> Next time I'll try to find a school that has windows in its gym.
> >> I just wish I'd thought of this before I was actually in the queue.
> >> Peter Shute
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