Martin Butterfield <>, birding-aus NEW <>
Looking at missing birds
Denise Goodfellow <>
Fri, 03 Jan 2014 06:32:00 +0930
I remember John McKean travelling from Darwin to Tasmania to see a bird. If
if I remember correctly, he dipped.
Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow
PO Box 71, Darwin River,
043 8650 835
On 3/1/14 4:29 AM, "Martin Butterfield" <> wrote:
> My Christmas stocking included a copy of "Lost Stolen or Shredded" by Rick
> Gekoski about missing works of art or literature. It begins by introducing
> Franz Kafka's concept of 'invisible curiosities' - things he had failed to
> see. The case in point is his travelling from Milan to Paris to join the
> large crowd that gathered to look at the empty space on a wall in the
> Louvre from which the Mona Lisa had been stolen.
> I can't imagine birders driving from Milan to Paris (851 km by road) to see
> where a rarity had been sighted, but was *known *to have left. A trip of
> equivalent trip distance be Adelaide to Werribee via Mt Gambier. However
> there would seem to be some scope for a collection of long trips which
> failed to deliver the target species: perhaps a working title would be
> "The Big Dip".
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