GHL - brought by cotton growers?

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Subject: GHL - brought by cotton growers?
From: "Peter Morgan" <>
Date: Sat, 22 Jul 2006 23:42:03 +1000
Peter and Bev Morgan travelled with Eric and Margaret Wheeler from Grafton on 
26 July to see the GHL near the power pole opposite the silos at approx 1:55 
pm.  We observed it over about an hour, took photos and caught up with others 
who were there to see the bird.  It flew twice, eventually moving to the end of 
the grassed area towards the pub. Apart from some noticeable effect of the lump 
on the foot, it seemed to have no difficulty in what it was doing

A group of three from Coffs Harbour will no doubt make their own report.

We returned to Grafton on 27 July having had 74 species for the trip

While in Narrabri, I spoke to the lady at the information centre (following 
Brian Everingham's exhortation to let the community aware of the benefits of 
birdwatching) and found there is another spin on this.  "A lot of people say 
that cotton growing is bad for birds, but look at this - cotton growing is 
actually bringing the birds here.  We have lots of beautiful birds that come 
because of the water.  We have lots of beautiful pelicans."

I didn't go very far with the discussion, but it had not occurred to me that 
such a conclusion might be drawn.  It probably has currency within the 
community and is being passed on to tourists.

Peter Morgan

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