Birding moments

Subject: Birding moments
From: "Stephen Martin" <>
Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 08:57:45 EST+10
Dear All

I'm stimulated to write about some favorite birding moments by the 
recent threads discussing nationality and relative importance of 
birdwatchers. I guess anyone who enjoys watching birds enjoys 
watching birds. Many of us also enjoy a drink and a game of football.

My favorite moment (or the current favorite moment) happened a few 
years ago in Western Samoa. As I enjoy writing as much as 
birdwatching I was making a pilgrimmage to the grave 
of Robert Louis Stevenson and gazing occasionally at the birds in 
the trees which shade the track up the mountain. It was a 
short, hot walk up and I sat at the foot of the grave to rest, 
cooling in the srong breeze which flowed up from the sea. Luckily I 
was the only person there and I could relax completly. A few moments 
after arriving I noticed three white tailed tropic birds hanging in 
the breeze, moving up and down like notes on a score sheet, their 
long tails stretched out behind them. The birds played (if thats the 
appropriate word) in the breeze for several minutes before gliding 

I know the birds are not rarities, but they are beautiful and seeing 
them in that setting completed a perfect  moment birdwatching.


                        Stephen Martin
                 State Library of New South Wales
                      Sydney, Australia


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