Subject: Newcomers
From: (Russell Woodford)
Date: Mon, 03 Apr 2006 17:22:26 +1000
Hi Tracey

Thanks for putting the other side - and I'm pleased to hear that your 
experiences have been so positive.  I have to agree that most of the birders 
I've met up with are always happy to help newcomers, and in a few cases it's 
been the top echelon of birders who have been the most helpful.  I've only been 
on a couple of pelagic trips (though I've made it as far as the boat on 
cancelled trips!) and I've been grateful for the patience shown by people like 
Mike Carter, Peter Lansley,  Rob Farnes and Maarten Holszebusch when they've 
taken the time to not only point out the birds flying past, but to 
painstakingly go over and over important features of these birds.

Russell Woodford

 on Mon,  3 Apr 2006 15:56:55 +1000 wrote:
> Hi Myles and others,
> For a few months now I have been a subscriber to this mailing list, and while 
> I
> admit that it is nerve-wracking to make that first posting, I have found that
> most people have been very supportive of my beginning attempts. I had many 
> very
> informative emails in answer to my questions, and also was corrected in a kind
> manner when I erred on one of my identifications. I was also sent further
> information about the bird I mistook for something else, off list so that I
> didn't have to be corrected publicly.
> A couple of weeks ago I went out with a birding group for a weekend campout,
> taking my ten year old daughter with me. Both of us were made to feel 
> extremely
> welcome and people went out of their way to let us look through their scopes,
> and to point out the more common birds and identification features for us.
> I agree with Myles that it is intimidating as a beginner to contribute to such
> an obviously "expert" list, but so far my experiences have been nothing but
> positive.
>                Regards, Tracey Newcombe
>                    Tomerong, NSW

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