This is almost exactly my case - except I'm not quite 30. I only really
got back into birding in the last 2-3 years as a "serious" birder - ie:
birding at any and every available opportunity, but I would always keep
a semi-secret list when on holidays with friends/girlfriend. They would
ask what I was doing, I'd tell them, and they'd just think I was being a
I still get the occasional disparaging guffaw when I tell people at the
pub what I'm up to on the weekend, but you get used to it after a while.
And it's helped me to see more of this country than most of them ever
will. I know that I've definitely visited more sewage treatment works
than any of them will ;)
Date: Tue, 06 Mar 2007 11:00:00 +1100
From: "Carl Corden" <>
Subject: Number of birdwatchers in Australia
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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 birds!
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