birding-aus Watch out for a rare old joker.

Subject: birding-aus Watch out for a rare old joker.
From: "jon wren" <>
Date: Fri, 12 Nov 1999 21:56:49 PST
Gooday all,
As the latest theme at birding-aus is twitching I thought you may be interested in this little snippet that I discovered in some correspondence. It came from an English paper no date but the date of the letter was Oct 1984.

"Watch out for a rare old joker.

Bird watchers were left with egg on their faces yesterday after hours of watching a rare night heron. They eventually discovered the bird they thought was asleep in a tree was actually stuffed. Naturalist Alan Johnson was among the group that first spotted the bird at Bigwaters nature reserve, near Newcastle. He said "Whoever played this joke has caused a lot of annoyance. Many people came long distances to see it."

Jon Wren
PO Box 868
Bowen (Climate Capital of Australia)
Queensland Australia 4805
Phone 07 4786 2614H Mobile 0412 789 285

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