Re: FW: [Birding-Aus] John Young and his Parrots

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Subject: Re: FW: [Birding-Aus] John Young and his Parrots
From: L&L Knight <>
Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2007 13:36:36 +1000
I know what you are saying, Evan. However, going public and keeping your cards close to your chest is equivalent to being half pregnant.

If nature abhors a vacuum, birders abhor incomplete claims.

Regards, Laurie.

On Wednesday, February 21, 2007, at 03:08  PM, Evan Beaver wrote:

Who can blame John for keeping his cards close to his chest? From his
point of view, this is my understanding of what has happened:

Spend 30 years or so establishing yourself as a leader in ornithology
and naturalism in Australia.

Move into a rainforest camp for an extended period of time, working
your guts out to determine the status of a fig parrot species.
Photograph a bird you believe to be a new species/sub species of
parrot. Release photos to public. A 'photographic expert' with no
background in birding declares the photos a fraud, and a massive low
pressure system moves into a tea-cup. Every birder in the country
gives their opinion on whether or not he's made the whole thing up and
he decides to keep the rest of the information to himself. It's very
easy to shoot someone down who has a new idea; extremely hard to have
a new idea and the courage to bring it forth. I don't blame John at
all for keeping his cards close to his chest, and would almost
certainly have done the same. At least now we've made certain that
anyone with a new idea will think twice before telling anyone. I just
hope John has the power to overcome the negativity and get on with his



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