Night Parrot debate

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Subject: Night Parrot debate
From: Matthew Rodgers <>
Date: Sat, 12 Oct 2013 21:59:02 +0100
For those unfamiliar with Birdforum - Rare bird information sub forum, you need 
to register with your e mail and little else.   It's relatively easy so you can 
be on in 15 minutes, make sure you create a username that is unique ie not just 
your name as it may reject your application. 

There are some very detailed analyses of the two web photos of the claimed 
night parrot by some folk who are serious about photographic evidence of rare 
bird records.  In the UK we have suffered from a number of fakes in recent 
years, mostly brought out into the open by Birdforum members.  Some of these 
were high profile rarities where people travelled miles to look for them so it 
is clear that any sort of tampering of such globally significant bird photos 
are of serious concern.   I recommend anyone to look at these postings so they  
can make up their minds what to believe, quite frankly it does not look good 
when large portions of the photo are clearly faked, indeed the whole picture 
could indeed be contrived.  Shoot me down if you like but please look at the 
details first.   

I'm sorry that this has possibly all come about after I initially posted a 
message on Birdforum of the discover , taken from the posting on Birding Aus 
back a few months , of course then it was posted in good faith that the records 
(ie photos) were genuine.   Many people In the UK take a real interest in 
Australian birds so we are all now very disappointed in the current position.  
If there is someone who could get the truth out in the open I'm sure we could 
all clear this up.  

Matthew Rodgers
UK and frequent birder in Australia

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