Birding Aus <>
L&L Knight <>
Tue, 25 Mar 2008 21:27:06 +1000
I was mulling over the rationalisations that twitchers offer for their
long distance travel to see new birds while listening to a rainforest
water feature on Friday night. As it has been pointed out in this
forum, the pleasure of seeing a new species can be compared to sex -
fleeting and leaving the viewer hungry for more. Using that analogy,
how could one characterise twitching?
1. Travelling to see an Australian regular is like coupling with your
spouse in exotic Australian locations - "We conceived Eryean on Big
Red. A magical experience."
2. Swanning off to see a beautiful vagrant [eg Fairy Pitta, Lesser
Yellowlegs] is like an encounter with one of the 'beautiful people' -
"You wouldn't say no to XYZ, now would you?"
3. Tracking down an ugly vagrant that nevertheless managed to get here
under its own steam [eg Slaty-backed Gull] is like a tumble with a
good-hearted backpacker - "We were ships passing in the night."
4. Dashing off to see an invasive ship-assisted vagrant is like the
aftermath of a 10 pot pair of beer goggles - "I did not have sexual
relations with that trashbird, Corvus splendens."
[Exits left, ducking for cover.]
To unsubscribe from this mailing list,
send the message:
(in the body of the message, with no Subject line)
|<Prev in Thread]
||[Next in Thread>
- Twitching Rationalisations,
L&L Knight <=
The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering
takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely
a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way.
If you wish to get material removed from the archive or
have other queries about the archive e-mail
Andrew Taylor at this address: