Are we birders, twitchers etc a rare species or what

To: Bruce Roubin <>
Subject: Are we birders, twitchers etc a rare species or what
From: Laurie & Leanne Knight <>
Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2001 12:43:07 +1000
Bruce Roubin wrote:
> In response to the comments from dear Laurie & Leanne Knight (of
> Melbourne - Ah HA!):
> I have birded many designated hot spots including various sewage
> treatment plants (even at the Alice).
> Furthermore, whenever I come across anybody at such a spot, unless
> they are very obviously not out there for the birdlife (eg. driving
> earth moving equipment, riding trail bikes etc) , I always strike up a
> conversation in case they are birding (in spite of their apparent lack
> of optical aids).


What can I say? [Other than Tony is definitely more Victorian than I am]

Perhaps it is a matter of timing.  I tripped over half a dozen other
birding parties last time I looked for the little bittern at Sherwood
Arboretum.  Similarly, I ran into several other parties looking at the
painted snipe at the Bill Gunn Dam.  I even met some distant NZ
relatives for the first time when I came across them birding at Lake

I also ran into the Hunter Valley birdwatching society at the Borah Ck
reserve near Barraba at Easter [more cars and camping equipment than you
could poke a frozen night parrot at].  It was nice running into Phil
[who I met on an atlassing expedition on Cape York a while ago], and
trying the rebadged [regent honeyeater] 1999 de Bortoli durif - $10.90
in the Commercial Hotel.  For the price, I was pleasantly surprised by
its quality [as good as some wines that cost twice as much].

Regards, Laurie.
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