can hardly believe it
"Stephen Ambrose" <>
Mon, 29 Mar 2010 17:32:39 +1100
I remember being a part of a group which had permission from the Royal
Australian Navy to cannon-net for waders at a beach on Garden Island in WA,
on the opposite side of the island to where the naval base is located.
Within minutes of the cannon-net being fired we were approached at great
speed from all directions (land and sea) by naval police. Obviously, they
had not been informed by authorities higher up in the naval chain of command
that we would be firing cannons. They must have thought Australia was being
Once again, this was in the early 1980s. I would very much doubt that with
increased military security we would be allowed to even mist-net for waders
on Garden I today.
On Behalf Of Greg & Val Clancy
Sent: Monday, 29 March 2010 3:15 PM
To: Peter Shute; Bill Stent; Alistair McKeough; Judith L-A
Subject: can hardly believe it
I plan to have a whole chapter entitled 'the boys and girls in blue' in my
future book if ever I get the time to write it!! It includes references to
mist nets (used for bird banding), 'van burning' no 'bird banding' and an
incident when a rather officious fisheries officer thought that all of his
Christmases had come at once. We were bird banding with mist nest in an
estuary and he thought that we were illegal fishers. He regretted his
actions after a long drawn out lecture on birds and bird banding!!
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