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Subject: rarities.
From: "michael hunter" <>
Date: Wed, 5 Jul 2006 10:43:42 +1000
Hi All,
          Having had unusual sighting unaccepted many times, I have just
bought a Panasonic video-camera and am training myself to use and carry it
at all appropriate times, ie essentally whenever outdoors. Presumably it is
possible to download and edit clips on computer, and to send them to the
doubting Thomases, does anyone out there in the ether have any tips on this,
or will I have to read the instructions? .

          As an old birding sage once told me, "birds have wings".  Wind
assisted birds can be found anywhere. A birding group we were with some
years ago found what was probably a Satin Flycatcher at Innaminka on Coopers
Creek after severe weather in the east (otherwise it was a Leaden, either of
them way out of range). Camping on the Gary Junction Highway another time,
in lush seeding spinifex about an hour east of the Canning, I was surrounded
by what must have been literally hundreds of Brown Quail, they woke me with
their calls. At the time I presumed that they followed the weather and were
probably breeding there.

          Other than rare or threatened spp., most single out of range
sightings don't mean very much in the overall scheme of things, except to us
twitchers, when the sighting can have interesting reactions as one of our
correspondents has mentioned, (one who either plays the sax ophone
occasionally or might benefit from replying to one of those promising spam
messages), but in these days of global warming patterns of sightings can be
significant, and distributions are obviously changing.

Michael Hunter
Mulgoa Valley
50km west of Sydney Harbour Bridge


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