I think you are missing the point. A species can be more properly
appreciated in its own habitat. A vagrant is, in most cases, fairly
irrelevant and provides limited opportunity to contribute knowledge. Seeing
a Secretary bird on the African plains would be exciting, seeing one on the
streets of Canberra would be stupid (no pun on "Secretary bird" included).
Sure it is fun to encounter something different but I feel the reason is, it
is a new (and likely not to be repeated) experience for you, not that it is
in any odd place. Canberra has one record of a White-faced Storm-Petrel (see
Steve Wilson's new book: "Birds of the ACT, two centuries of change"). So
what, wouldn't it be far more enjoyable to encounter one at sea?
From: HARRIS & WESTRUP John & Jude <>
To: D Robertson <>
Date: Friday, 12 November 1999 23:13
Subject: Re: birding-aus Twitching
>D Robertson wrote:
>> I have always thought it rather irrational to charge across the country
>> try to see a vagrant when with a bit more effort one can travel to
>> somewhere where it is common, or relatively so, even if it might mean
>> to another country.
>> David Robertson
>You're missing the point, if you travelled to somewhere where it is
>common, i.e. as you put it -"another country" then it wouldn't be
>AUSTRALIA, the would it!!!!
>Would you go to Brazil to see the Brazilian Soccer team play, when they
>will be in Sydney and Melbourne this week and next, if you were into
>soccer?????????? Probably not!!!!!
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