pelagic prices

To: "'michael hunter'" <>, <>
Subject: pelagic prices
From: "Tony Russell" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 15:00:40 +0930
Some of you people can't, or refuse to see my point ! 
 All I've been saying is that if someone is winning themselves a freebie
then say so up front to allow prospective clients to know what's going
on.  If  organisers try to have their tick lists and reputations pumped
up by organising free trips then let them go for it, I have no problem
with that.
I couldn't care less whether some of the persons mentioned below ( note,
not by me) make a bloody fortune or go bust out of trips, just be open
and quite clear up front as to how trips are costed.

Anyone for a boat trip on Lake Eyre ?

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of michael hunter
Sent: Friday, June 20, 2008 10:25 AM
Subject: pelagic prices

   Dear All,
  As an avid consumer of guided and independent bird trips on land and
sea for many years, both domestc and international as Qantas might say,
might I suggest that Australian birdos are exceptionally fortunate to
have the variety of pelagics on offer, to places that mere mortals
rarely get to. The Kimberley coast, Ashmore Reef,  Torres Strait,
Christmas Island and the South-east Pacific are among the most
interesting areas we have ever visited, birding or otherwise, and
exposure to the wealth of knowledge freely given by the leaders and
experienced others is like a University course on seabird
identification. For those not prone to the mal-de-mer, the coastal trips
are also brilliant experiences, as well as often accessing great birds
   The likes of Tony Palliser, Mike Carter, Richard Baxter and Phil
Hansboro among others, put in huge amounts of time and effort into
organising these trips, which are non-profit in the financial sense and
as Richard has noted, actually cost the organisers.
   Any miseries out there carping about possible freebies should get
things into perspective. These guys (and Inga) have added a huge extra
dimension to Australian birding, and I for one am grateful to them.


   PS, no charge for the testimonial fellas.

Michael Hunter
Mulgoa Valley
50km west of Sydney Harbour Bridge


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