Number of birdwatchers in Australia

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Subject: Number of birdwatchers in Australia
From: "Carl Corden" <>
Date: Tue, 06 Mar 2007 11:00:00 +1100
Being roughly the same age as Sean Dooley I can relate to the comments about 
having birding mentors etc during your teen years.  I started birding at around 
10 years old, and continued into my high school years.  I even shared my 
interest with one or two mates at school.

Unfortunately I didn't meet any other birders during this time and, sure 
enough, birding was all but forgotten from my late teens through to my early 
30's.  It wasn't that I lost interest in birds, it was just the combination of 
the stigma of being a birdwatcher combined with developing interest in other 
non-bird related pass-times that led me in other directions.  Obviously though 
the birding-bug was always present, albeit dormant, until my 30's.

I suppose one advantage of this now is that my life list is somewhat smaller 
than most "serious" birders, leaving me with plenty of opportunities to see new 

Carl Corden

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