Birds Australia has an ID card for Atlassers, so you don't even have to
become a member (though I recommend you do!). Just sign up to the Atlas
program and submit your sightings.
On Mon, Mar 29, 2010 at 2:42 PM, brian fleming <>wrote:
> In the UK during World War II, birdwatchers were often considered very
> suspicious, particularly as the Norfolk coast was definitely a war zone.
> Camouflaged clothes, binoculars, out at ungodly hours of the morning on
> sea-walls and beaches!
> My friend the late Ellen McCulloch told me that in her early birdwatching
> days a neighbour viewed her with great suspicion as a probable private
> detective (said neighbour was subsequently divorced.)
> Seriously, if you need ID, what's wrong with putting a bird-club sticker on
> the rear window? - though some say this means your car will be broken into
> by thieves in hopes of scopes and cameras. Or you could carry a membership
> card from BOCA - don't know if Birds Australia issues them, but if not they
> should. My car stickers have led total strangers to approach me with queries
> and information, very kindly.
> Mike Tyler told a story about being caught frog-hunting in a suburban
> garden by a suspicious house-holder and the police. He subsequently carried
> a paper signed by a senior policeman saying, "This is Mike Tyler, an expert
> on frogs. If he says he is frog-hunting on your property, he is." (quoted
> from memory).
> Anthea Fleming
> david taylor wrote:
>> I always have wondered when the day will come when I am questioned by
>> police as a binocular/camera toting male.
> I am always very cautious about birding near homes, schools etc and will
> generally avoid them. I always try to look
> like a birder! This incident with the policeman does sound absurd though -
> show me in the Queensland law code where
> a bird watcher has to identify him or herself on the car!! I can see the
> bumper sticker now -
> CAUTION - BIRDWATCHER ONBOARD! APPROACH WITH CARE! regards David Taylor
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