What is in a name?

To: <>, "Philip Veerman" <>
Subject: What is in a name?
From: "Tim Dolby" <>
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 18:01:32 +1000
Hi all,

I actually still use the name Little Falcon, which I think I prefer, despite 
the bird being officially known as an Australian Hobby for most of my life. 
This stems from when I birded with my dad as a kid. (In preference I may start 
using the Latin name, Falco longipennis.)

Similarly I also often use the names Little Grebe, Spur-winged Plover, 
Chestnut-breasted Shelduck, etc, which annoys or confuses some birders (some of 
whom don't know the earlier names). For example I'll say "There's a Little 
Falcon", and they'll respond with "Yes, it is small. Therefore it must be an 
Australian Hobby!"


Tim Dolby


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