Subject: afo
From: peter crow <>
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 2010 10:39:19 +1000
I think I understand the statement "Things researchers don't see."

So many researchers are doing the research for a particular reason, a PHD a Masters or to achieve some definite aim. There fore they concentrate their efforts towards that purpose and that is as it should be. While they are doing this they probably see lots of other interesting things which owing to time constraints they have little time to record these and to report and/or publish them.

The average amateur possibly has more time to attend to these minor matters unless they too are so busy rushing off to see or photograph the next bird.

its not that the researchers don't see things its just that they often don't share what they have seen.

This is where we amateurs could greatly contribute.

I know what its like to have ago and be rejected. I have written a number of short reports suitable researched and reviewed but have always got a reply along the lines of "Its not of great deal of interest --- Its probably something that is common -- We usually don't publish short articles."

All the bits I wrote seemed to add to that material published in HANZAB and other sources.

We need a publication that will publish matter about birds and their behaviour that doesn't appear to be previously published even if it is widely known.


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