At 11:21 9/11/99 +1100, Brian Fleming and David Parker wrote:
>> But at the end of the day what have we got out of it? An idea of the
>> distribution of the species seen, sore eyes, a migrane or two, boosted
egos and a
>> self-induced tension of hope (hope that we're the winners) Good one!!
>> What haven't we got out of it which we might have if we sat and watched
>> little longer.....
>What a load of ignorant and self-righteous crap.
I agree with David.
Having competed in my first Twitchathon, and looking eagerly forward to
next years, I spent one day in the last year racing around the country
ticking birds; straining my memory to recall the sound a Purple-gaped
Honeyeater makes; planning a route that covers my most productive birding
areas and joining with three other people to come together to share their
knowledge for the event.
In the next 365 days I will both birdwatch at our block in Gembrook,
delighting in watching a cuckoo being fed by its diminutive White-browed
Scrubwren parents, or at other favourite spots like the bird-hide at
Edithvale wetlands (which I staff voluntarily on occasions, no testosterone
or ego there, I can assure you), and perhaps even travel somewhere to
twitch a new bird. All the time I will be learning about birds and their
habits. To agree with Susan, twitching and birdwatching are not mutually
exclusive, but to agree with Anthea, the mad race around the state, that is
the Twitchathon, is a special occasion, and while it raises the money it
does it is a more noble exercise than sitting back and letting the birds
all around, entertain me and filling me with information that I will not
necessarily pass on.
Forgive the barely literate rambling's, but these couple of postings made
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