Birds can also be a bit religious too.
On a couple of occasions at church I have seen White-plumed Honeyeater
flying about inside for part of the duration of the mass and at times
landing on the seats.
On some hot summer evenings, both Koels and Channel-billed Cuckoos are heard
outside as they call from one of the tall Eucalypt nearby, but they will not
be allowed in.
From: Penny Drake-Brockman <>
To: Russell <>
Date: Tuesday, March 09, 1999 9:48
Subject: birding-aus Opera birding
>From: "Vicki Parslow Stafford" <>
>To: "Tom Tarrant" <>, <>
>Subject: Re: birding-aus Birding while ...
>Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 21:37:48 -0500
>A bit tough, Tom! I know I don't get out much, but how could any LIVE
>opera performance be boring?
>Can't say I've observed birds AT the opera, but can claim to have had a
>grey fantail fly into my house and sing along on cue -- to Papageno's aria
>"Der Vogelfanger bin ich ja", naturally! (True as I'm sitting here --
>almost vowed to give up Chateau Cardboard after that!)
>> From: Tom Tarrant <>
>> Blimey David,
>> I've always found opera pretty boring but if that's how exciting the
>> performance is I think I'll stay at home!
>> David McDonald wrote:
>> > Has anyone reported on 'Birds I have observed while at the Opera'? On
>> > Sat 6 March, Canberra birdos Barbara Allan, Noela McDonald and I (along
>> > with 2.5 thousand others, mostly non-birdos I suspect, considering
>> > they were pointing their bins) went to a fine performance by Opera
>> > Australia at the Madew Vineyards & Winery near Canberra. Our list of
>> > birds observed, while at our seats at the Opera, was similar in number
>> > (if not plumage) to the number of Singers: Straw-necked Ibis, Common
>> > Starling, Pied Currawong, Little Eagle, Australian Raven and Australian
>> > Magpie.
>It's a pleasure to know that some birders appreciate opera - we're a rare
>and very special species and should be protected! I have yet to hear birds
>while at the opera, but have fond memories of lying on the grass at
>Kenwood, Hampstead Heath, London, listening to Beethoven's Pastoral to
>cries of the Moorhens across the water, and Blackbirds and Song Thrushes
>joining in. Here in Sydney we have flights of fruit bats to accompany Opera
>in the Park - fortunately silent.
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