Arthur Upfield and birds

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Subject: Arthur Upfield and birds
From: "alan morris" <>
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2008 09:51:07 +1100
Hi Arwen and others,

I was an avid reader of Arthur Upfield in my late teens and early twenties and enjoyed his books and the locations of stories - and seeing Wolf Creek Crater in northern WA after I had read his book based on a murder committed near there was a special thing for me. However his knowledge of birds was poor! He knew nothing about Ravens and Crows! So in the late 1950's most people I knew called Tawny Frogmouths "Mopokes" even though the "mopoke = bookbook" call was made by the Southern Boobook and Upfield was no different. I think that people thought that the "mopoke" call was made by the "Mopoke" ie the Tawny Frogmouth!

Alan Morris

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