Re: introduced bird(er)s

To: "Jo Wieneke" <>
Subject: Re: introduced bird(er)s
From: Kirrama Wildlife Tours <>
Date: Wed, 18 Mar 1998 08:58:33 +1000
Hi Jo (and Birding-Aus)

In 1981 I worked on Dunk Island in the kitchen after just arriving from
Germany. In my spare time I photographed and tried to identify all the
creatures around. It was a great start to natural history in Australia, as
I had to start from the scratch. Everything was exciting, the frogs,
reptiles, mammals and birds. 
The other Staff thought that I was mad, running around at night with a
torch to look for all kinds of nocturnal activity. - A year later I did
exactly that, (guided walks) as a well- paid job for the next 3 years. The
comment from the other Staff members was then: Oh, I wish I had your job!.
My reply: You could have had it.
Jo, I think the Australians grow up with their environment and just take it
for granted. It takes overseas people to appreciate what Australia has to
Still, I am glad you didn't mention Krauts, Squareheads (or is it
Squarehats) with your other remarks (Poms, Kiwis, Yanks, Rhodesian
b.....ds). Actually, it wouldn't worry me, as long as you don't call me
Hans or Fritz!
        Frohes Voegeln, Klaus
At 20:13 17/03/98 +1000, you wrote:
>Without all the imports, Poms, Kiwis, Yanks, Rhodesian b.....ds etc, where
>would Australian birding be today?  In any gathering of birders, native born
>ones often seem to be in the minority. This also seems to be the case with
>birding-aus subscribers.  Why are they such a rare sighting?
>Jo Wieneke
Kirrama Wildlife Tours   Klaus & Brenda Uhlenhut
PO Box 133   SILKWOOD  QLD   Australia

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