Re: birding-aus twitchers

To: Goodfellow <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus twitchers
From: Laurence and Leanne Knight <>
Date: Mon, 08 Nov 1999 17:42:27 +1000
Goodfellow wrote:
> Hello All
> Some birders demonstrate addictive behaviour.  While this is largely
> harmless, the lives of some revolve around finding that new bird to the
> extent that they have difficulty relating to other human beings (unless
> they have relevant information or demonstrate similar behaviour) and may
> demonstrate a degree of self-centredness which even affects their
> attitudes to the environment (for instance using tapes with vulnerable
> birds, going into sensitive areas).  I can well understand why such
> birders have a bad name whether they be called 'twitchers' or whatever.

Different people tend to get fanatical in this way about different
things -
gear collecting [gear freaks]
train spotting
stamp & coin collecting

In the end it comes down to the "joy" of collecting things.  I like
climbing mountains, but when you climb a mountain for the peak-bagging
points / notch in the belt, then you are doing it for the wrong reasons.

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