birding-aus Bird info at the Prom

Subject: birding-aus Bird info at the Prom
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2000 10:17:56 +1100
Following Stuart's story about 'useful' bird information from the staff at
the Prom, here's another. A friend of mine asked at the info centre at Tidal
River about where to see Ground Parrots. She was met by a look of pity as
the helpful staff member apparently wondered how stupid someone could be,
and then shown the large flocks of crimson parrots sitting on the ground all
around the Information Centre.

It is true that we shouldn't expect all staff members at national parks to
be experts in our own esoterica, but perhaps we should expect  there to be
at least one person who has a working knowledge of the flora and fauna.
Other staff should have the courtesy to admit they don't have the answer to
your question and direct you to someone who does.

Sean Pywell.

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