Re: birding-aus Re: outback travel

To: "David Geering" <>, "birding Aus" <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus Re: outback travel
From: Goodfellow <>
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 99 09:39:05 +0930
David and all

I spent much time out in the bush off the beaten track in the Top End and 
usually had a 4WD.  But having such a vehicle is no guarantee of not 
getting into trouble as Laurie Knight has stated, and I was always very 

The buffalo shooters and catchers I worked with never questioned my 
abilities.  Neither  did Aboriginal relatives  except on one occasion;   
I told my older sister Esther that a large Datbe (Mulga Snake) had 
explored my boot and leg with its tongue before sliding away over my 
boot.  She was very fearful of that snake and thought I must have 
mistaken it for a python.  She didn't know what I knew, that the snake 
was too close for me to move out of its way when I first saw it, and I 
was safer just freezing; and that Mulga Snake's fangs are too short to 
penetrate clothing anway.  

Yet on two occasions field assistants suggested I shouldn't be out alone 
in the bush.  The reason? I was a woman.  Laughable seeing they were from 
the big smoke and I had clocked up years in the remote Top End.   And one 
of them took enormous risks that not only horrified me but could have got 
us both into trouble.

I remember too a scene from a film, the name of which I forget, in which 
a father, separated from his young children for some time returned to the 
village where they lived.  While out with him the children spotted some 
sheep in a paddock.  "I wonder what they are!" exclaimed the boy.  His 
younger sister shook her head.  She didn't know either.  The father was 
appalled.  His children had spent years in the country and didn't know 
what a sheep was!  

They explained to him that what they didn't recognise was the breed of 
sheep.   I wonder if a similar lack of experience is the reason why some 
are questioning Carole's judgement.  

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