Vale Grev Reidy

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Subject: Vale Grev Reidy
From: John Reidy <>
Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2007 10:34:02 +1100
Many of you will have met Grev and Margaret Reidy from Sydney, birding in Australia and overseas. Grev passed away yesterday after a 13 year battle with cancer at the age of 79. Fortunately he was in good health otherwise over much of that time.

He and Margaret reached the twitchers' goal of 700 Aussie ticks a couple of years ago and they celebrated this with a 700 party. Grev went on to reach 714 species. Unfortunately he wasn't well enough to accompany me to Kangaroo Island last year to twitch the Antarctic Tern - he wanted to. Grev and Margaret also managed to see approximately 4,500 world birds, a respectable number, and had some fabulous trips.

They both began a lifelong interest in birds when living in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney in the early sixties and began birding in earnest after moving to Griffith, frequenting the sewage farm, Pulletop Reserve (when it had some of the mallee rarities) and other good spots in the area.

In the late 60s the family moved to Sydney and continued to bird locally and on holidays. The late 80s started a fascination with pelagics with many a trip on the Sandra K from Wollongong with remarkable sightings (not without some discomfort). With the advent of the Internet and birding-aus, twitching became more feasible and prompted a number of trips at short notice to places like Newcastle, Werribee, East Gippsland, Adelaide, Gluepot, Noosa Heads, South West Queensland, etc. Many of these twitches were successful but not all.

He was a long time member of Birds Australia, BOCA and a founding member of, and sometime committee member of Cumberland BOC.

One of the things he most enjoyed, was meeting other birders from all over the country and overseas.

Grev would have thanked you all for the time and enjoyment.

John Reidy
Phone 02 9871 4836
Fax 02 9871 2616

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