Desert birder death

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Subject: Desert birder death
From: john hammond <>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2008 14:56:28 +1030
I find myself sitting here contemplating that poor blokes demise and i realise 
the risks i have taken in my pursuit of birds. Chasing a night heron has taken 
me into a swamp chest deep in water and sinking in the mud. If those waders of 
mine had filled up with water or i had become stuck i am sure it would have 
been game over. I often walk for a couple of hours into bush land with no water 
back up or even a snake bandage (usually wear shorts). My wife never knows 
where i am and i do all this because i assume nothing will go wrong and i will 
be back safe and sound in a couple of hours. On a desert trip it would be just 
like me to get caught up in the thrill of the chase and leave the water back at 
camp thinking of nothing but that "grass wren". I guess a tragic event like 
this wakes some of us up to the fact that even close to a city it doesn't take 
that long to take yourself to a place where no one can hear you scream.... John

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