birding-aus Re: Mammal twitching

Subject: birding-aus Re: Mammal twitching
From: "Chris Lester"<>
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 1999 15:10:58 +1000

Peter Menkhorst is right.  Most of us presumably haven't thought about
mammaling in the same terms as birding.  The field skills need to identify
birds at a distance, at night, in cryptic disguises and difficult habitats,
etc are presumably the same as those needed to identify mammals.

However, most Australian mammals seem to want to be observed at night,
which I think adds a different level of challenge to that experienced in
most types of birding.

I actually have a mammal "list", but I have applied a bit less rigour to it
than my bird list.  Lawrie Canole's thoughts certainly throw out a much
bigger challenge.

Maybe when I get through the Australian birds (and those of the rest of the
world), I will devote my spare time to looking for mammals and reach some
serious mammal listing targets instead of observing them as mostly an
incidental bonus to my bird-watching.  Perhaps Peter's field guide might
provide the incentive to change tack a bit.


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