Indeed. I should revise the birder's koan:
If a rarity calls on the beach,
But no one twitches it,
Was it really there?
On 27/07/2010, at 11:35 AM, Mike Carter wrote:
This whole string started with Steve Potter's query below.
Well yes Steve, someone did know something - me for one. But by the
time we knew it was too late for any useful twitcher news so it
wasn't broadcast! Those that record such incidents have already
archived the events. I know that there have been at least 3 juvenile
Fiordland Penguins beachwashed in recent weeks. All were immediately
taken into care so not tickable. Firstly on 9 July, one came ashore
at White Beach near Nubeena on the Tasman Peninsula in Tasmania. On
16 July, one was ashore at Victor Harbour, South Australia. It died
on 20 July. Another landed on the same beach on 20 July and died
that day. At about that time on the Coorong I think, a farmers dog
brought in a dead Penguin, presumably not a Little. He advised
authorities but not until after he had burnt it!
Ken Simpson is interested in this cluster of incidents and implores
birders to walk beaches in Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia,
to collect all dead Penguins other than Little and deposit them in
your local museum. So get off your bums, go out and find something
yourselves, instead of bemoaning an information deficit.
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On 26/07/2010, at 8:27 AM, Steve Potter wrote:
With all the latest in technology - Mobile phones, Birding-Aus,
Eremaea, Birdpedia, etc
Why is it, I find out that 3 Fiordland Penguins have turned up in
yard (and only after they have died) by the Channel 10 news??????
Obviously someone knew something????
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