Yellow-backed Lory - Not a new Australian Bird

To: "'Tom and Mandy Wilson'" <>, "'birding-aus'" <>
Subject: Yellow-backed Lory - Not a new Australian Bird
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Fri, 6 Nov 2009 23:24:58 +1100

A few years ago I wrote to one of these calendar companies with some
suggestions relating to several incorrect captions and their hideous
grammar (things like Queens Birthday instead of Queen's Birthday - as
though there are many queens, all with the same birthday - even though
it is not her birthday). It is far from unusual to have errors in these
things. I received an invitation to work on the next year's calendars,
which I did (not just their bird ones but a couple others as well). My
recollection is that my suggestions on identification, spelling and
grammar and not least that they also had in their draft, one picture
shown at 90 degrees wrong, were all incorporated into the next year's
calendars, which was nice. It was a few hours work to do that and I
think they sent me a sample pack of them for that year. The following
year I wrote to them again offering to help and never got a reply. 

Then again you get these awful glossy calendars from America called
"eagles" and all their pictures (all 12 of them) show the Bald Eagle,
one and only one species, apparently in ignorance that there are lots of
species of eagles. And the Bald Eagle isn't even a real eagle, it is
just a sea-eagle!

In answer to your question they probably do have a proof reading process
but unless they ask someone sensible and independent it is probably
pretty slack. If any tourist just goes by what shows in calendars or at
least those not produced by reputable organisations, they would be
poorly advised. 

Philip Veerman
24 Castley Circuit
Kambah  ACT  2902
02 - 62314041

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Tom and Mandy
Sent: Friday, 6 November 2009 8:16 PM
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Subject: Re: Yellow Backed Lory - Not a new Australian

This one didn't seem to make it yesterday....

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