Hi Russell and Birds Australia Victorian Group,
Russell, You are reading a lot more into this than was intended. Please read my
reply in Purple below.
FW: Visit to Victoria
from [Russell Woodford] [Permanent Link][Original]
To: BA Vic Group < >, birding birding-aus <
Subject: FW: Visit to Victoria
From: Russell Woodford < >
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 2010 22:30:14 +1100
A few things strike me as unusual about this request:
First, Mr Beszant wants to see "rare birds" rather than interesting regional
birds, or ones that he hasn't seen before. Firstly I would like to photograph
any bird, but as I do not live in Australia, and thus do not have the time you
do, I try and target rare or birds that I have not seen before. If someone had
e-mailed me from a club then all this would have become apparent.
Secondly, he doesn't give a date when he is visiting I am in Australia most of
March with my wife who is not a birder and so I try and make birding efficient
for myself so that I can spend time on her interests, hence the e-mails
requests, as I like to spend time with my wife each day. Thirdly, although he
has been on outings with the Gold Coast group, he hasn't actually asked about
outings in Victoria, but merely wants the local knowledge. We are only staying
one or a maximum of two nights at each town between Sydney and the Great Ocean
Road and so I would not have the time for a day field trip.
Can anyone from the Gold Coast Bird Observers verify Mr Beszant as a bird
photographer rather than anyone with a more sinister agenda? Sinister? Is this
for real? I can't believe what I am reading.
I'd be cautious about offering information until we can check this out -
sorry to be suspicious, but it doesn't exactly ring true for me.
To verify that I do go out with the Gold Coast Observers Club, please
e-mail Terry Robinson and Terry Dillion (who does bird
conservation work for the Gold Coast City Council.)
I must say that I was not expecting anything like this. Usually birders
are friendly and help one another.
I visited WA last August and September and many of the bird groups were
so helpful (including Anne at the Albany bird club and Maris of the Perth club
and Frank O'Conner as well. They helped me ID birds from the photos that I
took) You could e-mail them for verification as well if you are still that
nervous. The Gold Coast and NSW people are very helpful and friendly also.
I think you had better contact all those people that have viewed your
concerns and put this right.
Awaiting your reply. Are you big enough for an apology? (As you can
probably tell I am still upset by your comments)
Attached a several photos that I took in WA last year to prove that I am
Birding-Aus List Owner
Geelong Victoria Australia
On 02/03/2010, at 7:38 PM, BA Vic Group wrote:
I received this request from Alan Beszant to the Birds Australia Victoria
Group email address.
If you feel you can help, please reply directly to Alan.
Birds Australia Victoria Group
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