Tim et al,
My apologies I did not realise John was born in the US and I did not read the
comments. I get the blog post when it is published and before any comments are
In no way am I trying to belittle John’s effort, rather I was suggesting why
others (American birders) may see fit to question his ’pedigree’. I made the
assumption that having smashed the Oz record, John was taking on the next big
challenge. Anyone who takes on a Big Year challenge is superhuman in my book.
On 19 May 2016, at 12:42, Tim <> wrote:
It's was the queries of his character I was referring to rather than the
Each to their own. What's for sure is it set to be an amazing BIG year!
All the best
> On 19 May 2016, at 11:14 AM, A Smith <> wrote:
> G’day Tim,
> Thanks for the link.
> I think you may be over stating things a bit. I have followed Olaf since 1
> January and nothing that I have read has slandered John. Like anyone doing a
> big year Olaf wants to know who the competition is. That said, I assume John
> (like me) is a fairly novice North American birder and therefore he should
> expect to have his sightings queried. Great that he has the photos and
> hopefully he’ll find time to blog.
> On 18 May 2016, at 20:17, Tim <> wrote:
>>> Hi All,
>>> As some are aware but others may not be John Weigel is doing an American
>>> big year in true Weigel fashion. He has not been home since late December
>>> and won't be until January 17. You can follow his blog here although at
>>> present it's simply a running list as his time is consumed by chasing
>>> rarities that has not stopped http://www.birdingfordevils.com/?m=1 !
>>> He hadn't published his list until several days ago and since doing so it's
>>> fair to say he has been slandered by his competition who wasn't aware John
>>> was doing the big year 2016 and Is perhaps caught a little by surprise. He
>>> has even had his sightings questioned! See here
>>> Johns previous Australian 'big years' have left no doubt about his
>>> credibility. He photographed almost every single bird! He has done the
>>> same this year but has been unable to edit his 40,000 photographs and post
>>> them. He will in due course.
>> The year is shaping up to be the stuff movies are made of!! He's also
>> raising funds for Devil Ark (Tasmanian devil breeding facility) throughout
>> the year).
>>> John is currently on the world famous Attu chasing Megas and cannot respond
>>> at present. I encourage Australian birders to follow the action and support
>>> He is a great bloke and I trust this group will enjoy following and Aussie
>>> take it internationally!
>>> All the best!
>> Sincerely Tim Faulkner
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