birding accommodation

Subject: birding accommodation
From: Laurie & Leanne Knight <>
Date: Thu, 05 Apr 2001 21:32:33 +1000
Tony Russell wrote:
> No Michael, not a diehard at all, in fact I'm most intolerant of climatic
> discomfort. But I do like driving for days on end, it's part of the fun to
> wander and be able to stop when and where you feel like it, and I am very
> much against  going to flash joints and paying exorbitant prices just for
> somewhere to fall asleep and
> not know the difference, they really rip you off.  I'd rather put the money
> into fuel in order to go further.

While I can understand Tony's desire to go bird touring on the cheep,
his perspective is partly a related to the way he carts his mobile nest
while he is touring his favoured birding sites [eg Cape York].  Being a
bushwalker, I am often out camping, and I've done my share of camping by
the road.  However, there are regions where roadside camping may not be
a good idea and there are times when one is travelling with a spouse
etc, so accommodation becomes an issue.

I think the main point is to list accommodation that is in birding
hotspots.  There would obviously need to be different categories -
The Birds Oz observatories and equivalent;
Expensive eco-lodge places with resident guides [eg Lotus Bird Lodge,
O'Reillys guest house etc];
Cheap as chips operators who may not be bird experts but who cheerfully
welcome birders;
Salt of the earth [but not salinising] farmers who let people camp and
go birding on their properties.

For most of us, it is the latter categories we are interested in.

Last, but not least, I would like to commend Bill Jolly and other
accommodation providers for their restraint in not beating Tony over the
head with a sea eagle's nest.

Regards, Laurie.
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