Subject: Abbreviations
From: Julian Bielewicz <>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 06:37:20 +1000
A thought that might assist some to stir their brain (ala Pat's posting)
into action.....

A few years back when Fay and I were putting together our paper THE BIRDS OF
THE REDCLIFFE PENINSULA [_Sunbird_ 26(4) December 1996] I asked Birds
Australia (then of course the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union [RAOU
might stir up feelings in regard to abbreviations] and was duly sent a list
complied from sightings recorded by the first Atlassers.  Near the top of

Now, I'll leave to your imaginations the surge of excitement suddenly
rushing through our collective veins on reading this.  BLACK-BELIED
STORM-PETREL in Redcliffe!!!!!  I immediately asked (and paid) for the
original observers' sheets.  Sure enough BBSP was there!

To cut a longer story short, it of course wasn't the storm-petrel but rather
the Broad-billed Sandpiper (BBSP) that had been observed in Redcliffe.
Someone in Melbourne has committed an ever-so-slight testicular ascendancy
with their four-lettered abrreviations.

Now if the RAOU (currently BA) can commit a BU over BBSP where does that
leave those with a lesser IQ?

Julian Bielewicz
Past President
Queensland Ornithological Society

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Kippa-Ring, Q. 4021

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