Tee Pee's longish note on twitching and twitchers

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Subject: Tee Pee's longish note on twitching and twitchers
From: Penn Gwynne <>
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2003 01:00:10 -0700 (PDT)
G'day all and Tee Pee,
I didn't know you were that long mate? :^D>>> I have a little one to add to Tee Pee's. A know well known birdo, but a mere lad at the time, he was out in the UK winter, birding close to a frozen lake. His interest then was watching geese attempt to land on the frozen lake and taking photo's and footage of the same.
40 years later he still attempts to do this when his work commitments allow.
He's never learned a thing from the geese that crash land, he just loves to watch birds and who can blame him, I can't nor will I.
I wonder if Chichester Harbour still freezes over?
Ooroo all and have a great birding day, JAG de Whag

Terry Pacey <> wrote:
Hi all

Carol's description of her twitcher reminds me of a story told by a very well known bird guide in North Queensland. The birder involved travelled from a North American country to see a particular species. I won't say which country but it is between Canada and Mexico.
Umm Sweden?
On his arrival, the guide proceeded to drive for almost 40 hours to
reach the area. As they drove along a track, a bird was seen to fly to a dead tree about 100 metres away. The guide checked it out and could hardly believe it when it happened to be the desired species. He told the visitor who immediately leapt from the vehicle, looked at the bird for all of 15 seconds, turned to the guide and said," I've seen it now, we can head back."

Apparently, the huge payment involved, and a huge tip, softened the blow of an 80 hour drive. Now that is a TWITCHER! We Australians have a lot to learn.

Terry Pacey

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