Bird call CDs and Mr Bean

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Subject: Bird call CDs and Mr Bean
From: Keith Stockwell <>
Date: Sun, 18 Feb 2007 16:20:04 +1100
I posted two messages at lunch time today (Sunday) but I must have done
something wrong as only the Barmah one appears to have come through, so I
try again and hope you do not get multiple copies at some stage.

Hi all,

There is an article on Howard Plowright' and the 10-CD guide to Australian
bird calls which he has compiled on page 22 of Saturdays A2 in The Age.

There's a coloured photo of Howard with his directional microphone which is
contained within a large wind protection device which, when touring with
Howard in the rainforests of far north-eastern NSW,  one of my friends
Christened 'Mr Bean'.

One day during that safari, en route from the delightful Ironpot Creek camp
ground north of Kyogle, we  spotted a dam alongside a tiny school. Someone
asked the school teacher for permission us to visit the dam. Being the last
day of term, the teacher allowed the students...all four or five of accompany us. They looked through our telescopes at Jacana,
Great-crested Grebe, Great Egret and many other water birds.

The school's garden had lots of native shrubs and many species of
Honeyeater. Balls and toys lay about: they were never locked away and never

Howard kept the young students engrossed for about an hour as they spoke to
'Mr Bean' and later watched their comments as sound wave patterns on
Howard's laptop computer. The students who did not attend on that last day
of term missed out big time

I understand that the 10 CDs are on sale through BOCA's Blue Wren gift shop.

Many of the calls were recorded by Howard especially for the CDs. Other
calls were donated by various birders.

The article is well worth reading. If you have a copy of Saturday's Age,
check it out!

Keith Stockwell.


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