Nepean Weir sightings

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Subject: Nepean Weir sightings
From: "Paul Dodd" <>
Date: Fri, 6 Nov 2009 22:07:27 +1100
Hi Akos,

I am not a Birdline moderator, but as a keen supporter of the Birdlines and
also an interested party to the recent thread on a rare bird alert system I
thought I'd offer my two bob's worth on this one.

I don't suppose that anyone thought your sighting of a Superb Lyrebird was
in any way "boring". I would not equate "not unusual or rare" with boring in
any way. As a keen bird watcher, I take as much pleasure in seeing common
birds, or indeed special birds like a lyrebird doing their thing as I do in
seeing something rare. And being familiar with some of your photos, I'm sure
that you feel the same way.

However, the purpose of Birdline is "for the reporting of rare or unusual
birds outside their normal range, unusually high or low numbers, early or
late arrivals or departures for migrant species and interesting behaviour or
unusual habitat usage" (quoting the website). So whilst your lyrebird may
not have fallen into any of these categories, some of your other sightings
may well have - I don't know about Nepean Weir, but if we were to have two
Black Bitterns flying in formation in Melbourne, you can be damn sure *that*
sighting would be reported to Birdline.

On the other hand, birding-aus is the perfect forum for reporting or noting
sightings, experiences and generally discussing birds, birding and all
things related.

Paul Dodd
Docklands, Victoria

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Ákos Lumnitzer
Sent: Friday, 6 November 2009 6:43 PM
To: Birding-Aus mailing list
Subject: Nepean Weir sightings

Hi birders

I was thinking of reporting this sighting to Birdline, but decided not to
due to a recent experience when one of the moderators kindly dismissed my
report of a wonderful male Superb Lyrebird. Though he (the Lyrebird, I
think I better clarify that though nothing would surprise me) was feeding
on worms and grubs and mimicking a dozen or so species yet in the
moderator's words the observation was not unusual or rare. Perhaps not
unusual as it is a common bird supposedly and what it was doing was normal
and maybe someone of legend twitcher or birder status sees that on every
outing (I'd LOVE to see THAT!), but arguably for 95% of the bird observing
and appreciating folks out there, which does include a birding virgin in
the presence of yours truly in the real bird world, it would be an
incredible sighting and not something they would often witness so most
certainly something more than worthy to share.

By the way, I am still waiting for some definition from this person on
what constitutes a rarity and what should/should not be reported.

So, my common and boring, normal, everyday, mundane and not noteworthy
bird sightings at my local haunt yesterday included two Black Bitterns
flying about 15m above the river in formation, two Rainbow Bee-eaters
(male presenting dragonflies to the lady twice) and a pair of Collared
Sparrowhawks, which I think may well have a nest on an island in the
middle of the river, nest TBC.

I hope your days are filled with far more exciting sightings than those
poor, sad birds. :)

Oh, I also forgot to mention the boring little Musk Lorikeets and Little
Lorikeets that have been keeping me company about 35 meters from my home
for the past two weeks. Two species I have never seen in my western Sydney
suburbs in the eight years since I lived there.


Ákos Lumnitzer


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