To: "Greg Roberts" <>
Subject: upfront
From: John Tongue <>
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2010 08:47:34 +1030
Hi All,
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.

John Tongue
Ulverstone, Tas.

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
> Judith:
> "Being a lone woman, I was birding from my car window on the weekend, when
> an
> 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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