birding-aus Hazards of birdwatching

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Subject: birding-aus Hazards of birdwatching
From: "Trevor Hampel" <>
Date: Wed, 1 Sep 1999 16:50:14 +0930
Last Sunday was a very pleasant day here in Murray Bridge - around 21degrees with a gentle breeze. I went for an atlassing  walk through a patch of mallee close to Murray Bridge, an area known as the Narrinyeri Hills just west of the town.
Now I don't mind them in the middle of summer, say, in January and February - cos then I'm lookin' out fer 'em. But no snake has the right to come out a-sunnin' itself in the last few days of WINTER. Can't they read the calendar??
Despite the great fright it gave me - and I it - the birdwatching was quite good. Close up views of Variegated Wrens, Mistletoebirds and Varied Sitella. Lots of honeyeaters. Little evidence of breeding (that I noticed).
Incidentally - the snake went rapidly down a rabbit hole - I went rapidly down the hill!
This was the second hazardous incident in the same area in less than a week. A few days earlier I had loitered too long right in the middle of a black ants' nest.
Happy birding, and remember to keep one eye on where you are walking or standing.
Trevor Hampel
Murray Bridge
South Australia
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