Re: birding-aus Watch out for a rare old joker.

To: jon wren <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus Watch out for a rare old joker.
From: Brian Fleming <>
Date: Sat, 13 Nov 1999 20:52:16 +1100
jon wren wrote:
> 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

I believe a New York City 'birdrace', many years ago, was severely upset
by the discovery of a stuffed Australian Chestnut Teal cunningly
inserted on a mudbank or beach (not too close to observers of course) on
a reservoir by some malevolent person! Ideas on ID were many and various
and heatedly defended until perpetrator confessed.
Anthea Fleming in Melbourne
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