Vale Grev Reidy

To: "'John Reidy'" <>, "'Birding-Aus'" <>
Subject: Vale Grev Reidy
From: "Tony Russell" <>
Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2007 10:29:26 +1030
Please accept my most heartfelt condolences John, your dad was a great
guy. I remember him well on his trips to Adelaide.
My regards to Margaret and my best wishes to you both in your sad

 Tony Russell.

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of John Reidy
Sent: Wednesday, February 28, 2007 10:04 AM
To: Birding-Aus
Subject: Vale Grev Reidy

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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