Night Parrot - tickers and listers

Subject: Night Parrot - tickers and listers
From: brian fleming <>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 20:41:58 +1100
This attitude is hopefully a last remnant of that exhibited by the villain in Arthur Ransome's 1974 "Great Northern?", in which the young hero, on a family yachting cruise in the Hebrides sketches both Black-throated and Great Northern Divers in the field and notes that the Great Northern are nesting - "not known to nest in the British Isles" says his book.

At the next port of call, for confirmation he visits the motor yacht of an expert, an egg and skin collector, whose reaction is that nest, eggs, and birds must be collected, and HE will become famous for the discovery, and is prepared to pay 100 pounds (1947 values!) to be shown the nest site.

The villain, having raided the nest, ends up in the hands of the local laird, and the eggs were returned to it successfully.

Ransome's description of the care taken and technique used to photograph the nest and birds in the limited time available is excellent.

Brian Fleming

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