The thread on twitching came at the same time as a request from a birding
friend for a snippet about my first sighting of a Common Sandpiper. I think
it's worth sharing with you.
When people say to me apologetically that they are "just beginners", I look
upon them not with pity or superiority, but with envy. Read on.
> I'm looking forward to receiving your paragraph (or two) surrounding your
> discovery of the Common Sandpiper.
The Common Sandpiper occurred at Buckley's Hole in the early years of my
birdwatching career. In those days the local bird group used to have a term,
"doing a Jill Dening", because of my unrestrained excitement whenever I
would see a new bird. No doubt on that day I did a Jill Dening, because all
I can recall about the event was my excitement, and a small, brown bird
teetering at the other side of the lagoon on the exposed mud. I can't even
be sure who was with me, but I believe it was the late Bev Durrant. As I
recall this event, I am reminded how wonderful it was to be a beginner
birdwatcher, with one exciting sighting after another for years."
So if you're a beginner lurking there in the shadows of birding-aus, make
sure you enjoy every new sighting to the hilt, because after you've seen a
lot, you can never do all that again, you have to go on to other aspects of
birding to get your highs. The first can only happen once.
Sunshine Coast, Qld
26º 51' 152º 56'
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