birding-aus Rarities

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From: "Terry Pacey" <>
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 1999 16:59:28 +1000
I am one of the first group of birders referred to by Peter Menkhorst.

I am this way by choice - not by laziness or any other vice.  Within months
of my return from six years in the Solomon Islands, I placed a full report
of a sighting of a Metallic (Shining) Starling with the appropriate people.
This bird was out of range and habitat.  During my time in the Solomons,
this was a common bird with a colonial nesting tree within sight of one of
my residences.

Although I was able to eliminate Drongo and Koel etc., my sighting of a bird
I was thoroughly familiar with was rejected.  No reason was given.  If this
report was rejected, what chance would I have of having any other rare
report accepted.  I have never wasted my time since.

As a single income family with children who are more important than birds, I
am unable to afford the high priced binoculars or a camera.  I even have to
pay for my Inter-net access unlike many of those who report to Birding-aus.
If my low quality binoculars and no camera make my reports doubtful as I
have been told in the past, why should I bother.

To those of you who are offended by this, I say "Have a serious look at what
you have been saying and doing and think again."

Terry Pacey

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