RE: [SPAM] [Birding-Aus] Australian Painted Snipe in Dubbo

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Subject: RE: [SPAM] [Birding-Aus] Australian Painted Snipe in Dubbo
From: Tim Jones <>
Date: Tue, 3 Nov 2009 08:06:12 +0000

What do the 'fanatical Twitchers' do? I reckon this is mostly just 
sensationalised hearsay. I see so much prattle about the terrible harm they do, 
but I have yet to see a properly substantiated report of something which has 
had any serious effect on wildlife and I've been on many, many 'fanatical 
twitches' in my time.

There are a few people who go a bit too far in their pursuit, but most 
'fanatical twitchers' are also fanatical conservationists and also want future 
generations to share their joy of seeing wonderful places and wonderful 

I just wish people would get things in proportion. This kind of statement tars 
us all with the same brush and just gets us all a bad name.

NB I'm not arguing about the need to be judicious with information.



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> Subject: Re: [SPAM] [Birding-Aus] Australian Painted Snipe in Dubbo
> Date: Tue, 3 Nov 2009 11:28:29 +1100
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> Hi Peter, my main concern was the Painted Snipe, and yes I do believe that
> there are people who would take a Painted Snipe for their collection. Its no
> different than collecting feathers a subject that as been discussed recently
> on this forum. Collecting feathers appears to be a harmless pastime on the
> surface but you can imagine someone who as all the feathers of all the
> parrot species except for the Night Parrot. I could easily see such a person
> trying to find out where to find one and going out and shooting it to get
> the feather.You only have to see what some of the fanatical Twitchers get up
> to at times to understand the need to be alert to whom you give information
> to. Thankfully it is only a small minority that are involved in such
> behaviour.

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