Well, there are often some underlying issues in telling people how to go about their emailing business. My own preference is that subscribers who (inexplicably) use ‘Reply All’ in responding to a chatline message instead use ‘Reply’ OR delete the original sender from the address.
As to Peter’s suggestion, this will apply, I assume, only to in-size messages. It might depend on the email program, but a ‘Reply’ will not forward an attachment UNLESS it is embedded in the text, in which case it will be resent unless first deleted. However ‘Forward’, with reinsertion of the Canberrabirds address will send the attachment. Otherwise you will need to save and reinsert the attachment.
In any case, for reasons to do with the long history of this chatline I find it best to reply directly to an inquiry, if I have anything to contribute.
From: Peter Ormay [
Sent: Friday, 31 January 2014 8:04 PM
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Bird ID
Could I ask people responding to requests to identify birds in photos sent out to leave the photos attached to their response so that those of us who can’t remember exactly what the bird to be identified looked like don’t have to go searching for it?
From: mariko buszynski [m("gmail.com","marikobuszynski");">]
Sent: Friday, 31 January 2014 3:04 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Bird ID
I would like to make a comment on bird identification. When I see an unusual bird in our garden I want to make sure it is the bird I think. When I saw a female Satin Bowerbird in our garden for the first time I was 99% sure of its identification. But in the past I made a wrong identification and surprised experienced birders. (It was not in Australia). They never laughed at me but were simply surprised that I should see such a bird in such a place and at such a time. I now have a field guide to Canberra birds so I would not make a wildly wrong guess but I want to have a confirmation. Unfortunately (or fortunately) I cannot keep up with modern technology and cannot send a photo to the chatline. I wait for monthly meetings to accost members with my blurred photo. I sometimes forget to bring my camera to a meeting. I wish I could send it to the chatline, people are so helpful.
I also find identifying immature birds very difficult. An immature Grey Butcherbird was not grey at all. I first thought it could be a young Kookaburra.