Re: birding-aus Hooded Parrots

To: "Muir Environmental" <>, "birding Aus" <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus Hooded Parrots
From: Goodfellow <>
Date: Tue, 13 Jul 99 08:20:48 +0930
Dear Jennifer
I for one am glad that you shared your and your colleagues' experiences.  
Unfortunately people who've not been in this situation often do not 
understand the risks.   I've been a resident of the Top End for 25 years, 
much of that spent in the bush, and apart from my own experiences, have 
heard many similar tales, some from the police, some from men I used to 
shoot with.  Okay, some might be exaggerations but I've  had too many 
rifles waved in my face to take such stories lightly.  And marihuana 
plantations are not the only problem.  A friend recently met a man 
charged with running into and killing an elderly couple changing a tyre 
on the side of the road about fifty km out of Darwin.  He boasted of how 
he was 'off (his) face' on drugs and that he was driving on the wrong 
side of the road and without lights 'to scare (his) mate'.  His attitude 
to the deaths?  He told my friend he 'had done the world a favour by 
getting rid of a couple of old fogeys.' Oh, incidentally, his case was 
dismissed through lack of evidence.  

I would add another warning for those who visit Darwin.  Be careful 
birding in lonely corners around this city - the rate of violent assault 
up here is far higher than anywhere else in Australia and tourists are 
often mugged, raped, beaten.  
The tourist authorities will warn you about the dangers of mosquitoes and 
crocodiles but they will not warn you about the dangers humans present. 
  I always warn my friends and clients - if you're going to bird in any 
but the most public of places, please go with someone else.   
Denise Goodfellow
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