Grey-headed Lapwing!

To: "Ian Fraser" <>
Subject: Grey-headed Lapwing!
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2006 18:51:55 +1000
Oh Ian,
You are such a good and knowledgable chap and I am sorry to leave you (or any other correspondents), potentially depressed. Thanks for your kind concern. Yet I'd be very surprised to see any burst of unpleasantness among us. My message was a small (as in concise, therefore maybe unintentionally direct) non-personal and non-gratuitous correction. (I have no motivation to be gratuitous.) The message being mainly motivated as a confirmation of my earlier message about the bird's name. Nor do I think it shows a lack of courtesy or respect. It was a simple statement. I have known you too, to substitute correct information for the not quite correct information of others and so you should. In our field, people generally appreciate it. The main reason I sent it to the list, as well as the three alone, is a bit of a line-call, but seems legitimate to me, being to reduce the likelihood of promulgation. I believe (though perhaps David can correct me if I'm wrong, although I have received several enquiries from all around the world relating to comments I have made on cog-list or b-aus) that as these thing go on an internet archive, in years to come, or distant countries, people search for and source these messages for information, so they don't always arrive with the original context. I'd argue that "A slip of the finger" is a typing or spelling error which should be ignored but it is quite different from a succession of messages carrying forward a wrong name of a first record of the bird to the country.
It was however my error to send it twice, the first version unintendedly shot off as I was editing it to add the second line, which in case anyone didn't notice, was intended to be at least a tiny bit humorous. The bird's whole head is grey. And that, between all of us, is I think, more than the issue deserves.
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