Re: birding-aus Opera birding

To: Penny Drake-Brockman <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus Opera birding
From: Julian Bielewicz <>
Date: Wed, 10 Mar 1999 16:35:38 +1000


Like our Tom, I'm not an opera buff either but today I returned home from a
hard day's teaching to relax on my front verandah, pot of (English
Breakfast) tea to hand, reading A.G. Dickens' "Thr English Reformation" (the
current history text I happen to be plouging through) and Mendelssohn's
Symphony No.4 in A Major Opus 90 (his almost immortal "Italian Symphony") in
the background... all to to the accompaniment of Rainbow Lorikeets coming in
to a late afternoon feed on our flowering tee-trees.

Incidently, I have Nielsen's Symphony No2 Op. 16 ("The Four Temperaments")
playing as I tap this out on the keyboard - but no bird vocals in the


>> >
>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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Julian Bielewicz
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Queensland Ornithological Society
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Kippa-Ring Q. 4021 Australia

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