Re: SV: [Birding-Aus] New Zealand Oystercatchers

To: Wim Vader <>, crompton <>
Subject: Re: SV: [Birding-Aus] New Zealand Oystercatchers
From: Syd Curtis <>
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2006 11:45:43 +1000

> From: "Wim Vader" <>
> Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2006 11:04:18 +0200
> To: "crompton" <>
> Cc: birding-aus <>
> Subject: SV: [Birding-Aus] New Zealand Oystercatchers
> Finally, the designation of a bird as a cormorant or a shag seems to me rather
> arbitrary, like the decision to call a bird a pigeon or a dove, or an egret or
> a heron.

Yes indeed.  As is recognised in the verse by that most prolific of poets,

The common cormorant or shag,
   Lays its eggs in a paper bag.
The reason you will see no doubt,
   It is to keep the lightnings out.

But what these unobservant birds
   Fail to realise, is that herds
Of bears with buns,
   Will steal the bags to hold the crumbs.



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