Free Trips

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Subject: Free Trips
From: "Jan England " <>
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2008 21:36:45 +1000
As someone who was criticised for getting the occasional free trip (on other 
occasions I gave the free portion away to other members of the group) which I 
used to organise (not overseas), it has been very interesting to read comments 
in this debate.  Since then, I haven't bothered to do it and of course no one 
has taken a trip to this venue since.  I did it because it was such a wonderful 
experience to visit this site and to see the look of enjoyment and excitement 
on the faces of birders when they saw so many new birds. This was the only 
place in Qld to see many of these birds and not something that most people 
would bother to do by themselves.

Shame to think that so many new birders have missed out on this experience 
because of someone's pettiness.

If your prepared to go to the trouble to organise a trip, then good luck to you 
and no one has to go if they don't want to.  I'm more than happy to go on trips 
organised by someone where their cost is shared amongst the group as you are 
using their expertise, their knowledge of the birds, places, contacts, 
accommodation, etc. and I believe it is well worth my contribution towards 
their trip.


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