have been following this post with interest. I have been asked to go back
inside, and not roam around outside the Melbourne Airport with binoculars and
camera (looking for Purple-crowned Lorikeets).
However, as for being up-front with the Locals first (especially in country
areas), we have generally found this to be well received. Sometimes, people
are a little suspicious at first, but once they realise you are only
bird-watching, we've found most landholders only too happy to let you onto
their property - and often start to regale you with their own bird stories.
You don't NEED to ask if you stay on public property, but even there, it
doesn't hurt. Certainly, I wouldn't venture onto private property without
first making at least SOME attempt to seek permission.
On 29/03/2010, at 11:35 PM, Greg Roberts wrote:
> This is so ironic Judith. That's exactly what I did the other day. I went
> into a farmhouse to explain what I was doing, only to be told that I was
> trespassing and to get the hell off the property! I approached these kindly
> folk because the day before, in the same general area, I was by the road,
> lurking in some tall grass in search of quail, when a local's car pulled up
> and the occupants demanded to know what I was doing. You can't win.
> As for the cops, I don't accept that this was acceptable behaviour. I would
> warned the officer concerned to back off or be the subject of an official
> complaint to the Crime and Misconduct Commission and the Police
> Commissioner. I've done it before; it works.
> Greg Roberts
> "Being a lone woman, I was birding from my car window on the weekend, when
> off-duty policeman pulled up behind me, & demanded I prove I was a
> birdwatcher, & advised me that whenever I stopped the car I had to go into
> all the surrounding houses & inform them I am a birdwatcher."
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