Night Parrot - tickers and listers

Subject: Night Parrot - tickers and listers
From: brian fleming <>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:53:32 +1100
I am personally always delighted to see a new bird.
I am prepared to get in the car and drive a moderate distance to go and see one. I have been known to pay money for people to show me birds in Cape York and the Kimberley. But I am extremely concerned - no, appalled, to hear of some person seriously suggesting that spinifex should be fired in order to give him a chance of "ticking" a Night Parrot, or anything else. Or trespassing on indigenous people's land to see a Princess Parrot, as happened a few years ago. My personal opinion is that far too much effort is spent on ticking species and building life-lists. If the same effort was put into studying the life-histories of even common birds, we would know very much more than we do. Certainly atlassing has greatly built up our knowledge of bird distribution and migration, and Twitchathons etc. have provided a great deal of fun for those energetic enough to do it - so has digital photography. But first and foremost, please let us consider the birds.

Anthea Fleming

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