Hunter Region Birds

Subject: Hunter Region Birds
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2005 20:03:31 -0800

No, no big deal of the article.  Merely as a member of the general public
querying the source of the claim, the comparision to Kakadu, a suggestion
of possibly why more birds occur in the Hunter Region than in Kakadu.  

You wrote: 'Most people in Newcastle don't realise what is just
outside their front door.' ????



>-- Original Message --
>Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2005 14:34:11 +1100 (EST)
>From: Mick Roderick <>
>Subject: RE: [BIRDING-AUS] Hunter Region Birds
>Hi everyone,
>  I don't know why this was made such a big deal of. My article was a 
> post-Twitchathon
>'letter to the editor' basically explaining the concept of the Twitchathon
>to the general a public forum. It was in simple layman terms,
>outlining the importance of (a) the Hunter Region for birds and (b) the
>element of the Thon for bird conservation.
>  My source for the number of Hunter Birds, as Alan has pointed out, was
>the HBOC records (and included off-shore pelagic birds). My point was to
>bring to the general public's attention that we (in the Hunter) live not
>only in a coal-fired industrial heartland (sic), but in a very important
>region ecologically. Most people in Newcastle don't realise what is just
>outside their front door. I also wanted to gather interest in the Thon and
>it's fundraising importance (incidentally, there's a half-hour documentary
>on ABC Radio National airing on Nov 30 and repeated on Dec 3 on the NSW
>of the Twitchathon...should be fun!).
>  The reference to Kakadu was simply aimed at surprising the public, as
>public has a perception of Kakadu with 1000's of birds (flying Magpie Geese
>etc etc) and I just wanted to illustrate that we have more in our region
>and to try and get people out there and interested! Nothing more. 
>  Looking at Phil's won't be too long before individuals have
>seen 400+ in the Hunter!
>  Mick
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