Yellow Bittern at North Lakes
Nicolette Thompson <>
Yellow Bittern at North Lakes
David Stowe <>
Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:14:28 +1000
Thanks for writing this Nicci.
Great to hear on every level.
On 13/07/2014, at 4:23 PM, Nicolette Thompson <>
> I was one of the birders at North Lakes on Friday. I saw the email from
> Sandra Gallienne when I arrived home last night and immediately let her
> know that her account of the day was not based on fact. I did this in the
> hope that she would retract her statement and thus avoid the usual
> acrimonious emails. She has neither done this nor responded to me.
> On Friday morning the Yellow Bittern was not at the lake where Paul had
> seen it. When I and a friend arrived we met two birders who had been there
> since early morning and who had not seen the bird. It was not FLUSHED by
> birders or photographers. It simply was not there. I did speak to a few
> folk who had left the footpaths contrary to Paul's request. Some moved back
> immediately and only a couple remained where they were. There are always a
> couple of people in any group to whom any considerations don't apply,
> aren't there? Anyway they didn't flush or chase the bird as it wasn't
> there. The waterfowl were foraging or loafing in and around the lake and
> were in no way perturbed by the dozen or so watchers plus various bikers,
> walkers and dog walkers who I guess are regulars in the area.
> Late morning a gentleman came back to the lake to let us know that the YB
> was across the road at the Golf Club. There was no great rush across. As
> the message spread folk walked across to the pond to watch or photograph
> the bird. Eventually officials from the Gold Club came to talk to us
> because the pond was in the line of fire from the golfers and it was a
> safety issue.
> They were very interested once they knew what we were doing. After a
> discussion about safety issues versus our interests they were going to work
> on some management strategies for the following day so that both could be
> satisfied. We left at midday, so I can't comment on anything that happened
> after that .
> Sadly, Sandra's email has caused a lot of angst and unnecessary back-biting
> on this forum.
> I would also like to know on what grounds Sandra has given herself the
> authority to tell us that 'birders are now asked to refrain from visiting
> this site'
> Nicci Thompson
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