Subject: Flamingo
From: "Denyse Cusack" <>
Date: Tue, 03 Oct 2000 16:32:41 EST
Hi Tim,

you wrote------

While of the topic of Morcombe, the inclusion of a picture (as opposed to a simple reference) of a Flamingo in his Field Guide to Australian Birds is somewhat audacious - well done!

If you consider that the only recording of a Flamingo is a single record in the Cocos Islands you might ask why include a picture at all? Indeed there are numerous once-only birds that do not receive this same honour. The answer I suppose lies in the aesthetic production of a field guide. Imagine the delight of the artist when he discovered "le flamant rose", arguably one the world most attractive and interesting birds, had been seen in Australian territories!
Hey, be fair, Tim!

Flamingos are in the fossil record from early Miocene, thats close enough for any field guide, surely?

Denyse Cusack

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