Dear fellow chat group members
That seems an appropriate salutation because, after all, the subject of my
missive is Chats.
A concerned member has castigated me (albeit gently) off-line for my
trail-bike riding activities at Lake Ginninderra circa 1977. Accordingly, for
your information, here is my response:
Dear Ms X
While I acknowlege your concern that my trail-bike riding at Lake
Ginninderra may have contributed to the demise of the local population of
White-fronted Chats, I dismiss your criticism. See, I believe the
banishment of the Lake Ginn chats was initiated by the roar of earthmoving
machinery, not to mention the Wagnerian-esque barrage issuing from the exhaust
of Ranger Sasquatch's Volkswagen Kombi truck, long before I trespassed
And, no, I didn't think much about my behaviour at the time, and I doubt if
you would have either had you glimpsed Ranger Sasquatch and her blitzkrieg
buggy looming large in your rear-view mirror.
And, I never took my trail bike there again. Primarily, out of respect
for the remaining wildlife and, secondarily, because Ride of the
Valkyries is not my preferred kind of trail-bike riding music.
I trust I've exonerated myself. Nice to have chatted with you.
John K. Layton
Sensitive Birdwatcher and Motorcycle Buff of Holt