Yes, yes, of course I am. I think there should be a comma after
From: Evan Beaver
Sent: Monday, 16 June 2008 11:04 AM
To: Peter Shute
Subject: RE: Werribee Plains-wanderer
Pedantic birders? Surely you're joking Peter?
On 6/16/08, Peter Shute <> wrote:
> To the pedants out there, I apologise in advance for the lack of
> hyphen and the capitalisation of Plains-wanderer. What was I
> Peter Shute
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Peter Shute
> Sent: Monday, 16 June 2008 10:42 AM
> To: 'Birding-aus'
> Subject: Werribee Plains Wanderer
> I just noticed the Birdline for this species, referring to an article
> in The Age:
> I've included the article below.
> Is this the first recent evidence of this species near there? I did
> once meet someone who said they thought they might have seen some at
> Cheetham, but that they couldn't be sure because of the poor light.
> Does anyone know the circumstances of the find, i.e. was it shot and
> retrieved, found dead, or simply grabbed by the dog? Whatever it was,
> I agree with Chris that the dog owner is to be commended for reporting
> Peter Shute
> Rare bird discovered by hunter
> * John Elder
> * June 15, 2008
> A RARE bird not seen around Melbourne since 1988 has turned up in the
> jaws of a hunting dog near Werribee.
> The hunter handed the bird, a male plains wanderer, to the Melbourne
> Museum, which is preparing it for its ornithology collection.
> Chris Tzaros, conservation manager with Birds Australia, said that
> despite the circumstances of the discovery, it was good news for the
> species - which is listed as critically endangered in Victoria.
> "They're totally off-limits to hunters," Mr Tzaros said.
> "However, this responsible hunter is to be commended for actually
> handing the specimen in to the museum."
> Plains wanderers look and behave like quail, when in fact they are
> related to shore birds such as seagulls. They settle in native
> grassland largely cleared for farming.
> "Hunting certainly isn't the major threat," Mr Tzaros said. "Those
> western grasslands are being carved up at a rapid rate for cropping
> and residential development, and this will really put any remnant
> population of plains wanderers in grave danger."
> There are believed to be about 2000 plains wanderers remaining
> nationally, with a small Victorian population holding out in the
> Mitiamo region north of Bendigo.
> The stubble quail hunting season ends on June 30. www.birding-aus.org
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