More Boobooks & inspirational birding music

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Subject: More Boobooks & inspirational birding music
From: "John Layton" <>
Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2006 21:47:16 +1000
Some people play music to their plants, pets and livestock. Now, going by what Ian Warden wrote in today's Times 2, there could be something in this for us birdwatchers.
Recently, Warden attended a recital of Handel's Messiah by the ANU's choral society and was so moved by the Hallelujah Chorus he claims he had no need of a lift home with his wife. In fact, he, "... was able afterwards to float and soar home to Garran on wings of joy."
He describes his float/soar over Red Hill, "... I was somewhere high over that craggy prominence when I had the most wonderful idea. I alighted in a tall tree for a moment (startling a boobook owl) to think it through."
So, tomorrow, before departing on the bird blitz, I'm gonna sit Younger Brat down and we'll take in Stravinsky's The Fire-Bird. Then, with the strains of Stravinsky's ballet echoing in our little heads, we'll float, soar and pirouette high above the rugged land of Shepherds Lookout.
Hallelujah! Birding sisters and brothers, I wonder what avian miracles our heightened psyches produce. Should enliven the old COG data sheet no end.
Seriously though, we'll descend to earth, behave and be conscientious.
John Layton
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