Re: Why Publish bird observations? Re: [Birding-Aus] afo

Subject: Re: Why Publish bird observations? Re: [Birding-Aus] afo
From: peter crow <>
Date: Fri, 5 Mar 2010 12:15:32 +1000
Hello Ross,

As a non academic I must agree with Stephen. I've just checked up on the articles you mentioned.

They are interesting, newsy and very generalist. i make no claim to knowing lots but i didn't find anything there I wouldn't expect to find in other sources or anything i haven't read before. Some very similar stories have even been previously reported in papers like The Australian. True, not in as great a detail nor with such excellent pictures but still reported.

AFO and Emu publish the bits that the popular press ignores or just doesn't find.

Some of the articles are on research and conservation projects but don't tell us much or anything new about the bird's behaviour.

This is not to belittle the authors, many of whom I greatly respect, but the nature of the beast (Wingspan) is aimed at being a popular magazine rather than one adding small bits on NEW information to the small mountain of knowledge we have on many birds.

Over the years I have written to a number of Wingspan authors asking them to include a bit more meant in their stew but with little result.


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