Beginning birding

Subject: Beginning birding
From: "jade welch" <>
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2003 00:00:57 +1000


Over the last two days i have seen a total of ten new species for my life list. Believe it or not i am proud to say this was in a local park in the middle of suburbia which has been replanted by the council. Two years ago and you would have seen only the introduced birds and a small number of common native birds in the park. One of the species which raised the blood pressure and excitement over the two days were a Male Mistletoebird while the other another species which was not expected at all did the same and this was a Buff-banded Rail. Along with this two of my favourites which i have seen on and off for a number of years at seperate locations are the Tawny Frogmouth and Eastern Whipbird which i have now discovered inhabit the park. As i am only 18 and starting out i have alot of excitement to gain from the new birds i see and i hope for many more years of excitment and learning. At present i am compiling a lis t of species i have seen in the park. So far so good with a total of 49 making it to the list. Mind you the park is quite big and on the Gold Coast. Please forgive the bad grammar and punctuation.  

Yours Sincerely
Mr Jade Welch
Gold Coast,
>From: jilldening <>
>To: birding-aus <>
>Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Beginning birding
>Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2003 09:17:48 +1000
>Hi Everyone,
>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.
>Jill Dening
>Sunshine Coast, Qld
>26º 51' 152º 56'
>Ph (07) 5494 0994
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