Hoopoe at Broome

To: "Philip A. Veerman" <>, 'Joy Tansey' <>, Birding Aus <>
Subject: Hoopoe at Broome
From: Denise Goodfellow <>
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2011 13:50:32 +0930
that's a very thoughtful answer.  I know that not all who go racing off
after some vagrant or another are not necessarily pathological collectors.
However, there are some I really do wonder about.  One of the questions I
ask in my PhD questionnaire on American birders is whether they've ever felt
themselves in danger while birding.  Quite a number have - they've mostly
been held up at gunpoint, robbed or kidnapped in Central or South America.

I've found myself in danger quite a few times without putting myself there
on purpose.   

I'd like to know how many members of Birding Aus would drop everything to
see a new bird, all else being equal.

John's point about carbon emissions is also valid as far as I'm concerned.
Yes, planes will continue to fly to Broome whether birders are on them or
not.  But shouldn't we all be setting examples of restraint and good
behaviour to others?  That's why Michael and I don't have a cat, and why our
electricity usage at home is 1/3 the Australian average.

We may have little impact even in our own neighbourhood, but that doesn't
mean we should stop trying.

Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow B.A. Grad.Dip.Arts
1/7 Songlark Street, Bakewell NT 0832, AUSTRALIA
Ph. 61 08 89 328306
Mobile: 04 386 50 835

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"The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him
to hold in higher regard those who think alike
than those who think differently."

on 14/11/11 12:20 PM, Philip Veerman at  wrote:

> Sure it is fun to go on an adventure like that if you can afford it and
> the bird is one worth seeing. It is a nice story. I also think the
> carbon offset is tokenism but it is at least something. What raised my
> curiosity though is the mention "and the chance to see it in Australia".
> Yes that decision possibly emits less carbon etc and possibly costs
> rather less than to see one where it normally lives. (As I wrote before
> I saw two of them in China and if you pick your time, airfares to China
> are likely a lot less expensive than quick purchased Melbourne to
> Broome, but of course there are many other greater risks and
> considerations.) I wrote long ago that I would rather see a Secretary
> bird on the plains of Africa than in Canberra. I may be misunderstanding
> but think the implied suggestion somewhat curious that it is nicer to
> see a bird where it ought not to be, than in its usual habitat and
> range.
> I wonder does it work the other way? If someone found a colony of
> Gouldian Finches near Port Moresby PNG, would Australian birders rather
> go there to see them than try their luck in northern Australia.
> Philip
> Kambah ACT
> -----Original Message-----From: 
>  On Behalf Of Joy Tansey
> Sent: Monday, 14 November 2011 9:57 AM To: 'birding-aus' Subject:
> [Birding-Aus] Hoopoe at Broome
> HI All,
> In a moment of sanity I decided  I couldn't resist the call of the
> number 1 bird on my bucket list of birds I must see before I go .....
> and the chance to see it in Australia. So in a mad 23 hours from front
> door to front door I made a day trip from Melbourne to Broome. I spent
> more time flying than on the ground in Broome, but by 10.45am Sunday
> morning I was in place and restlessly pacing up and down at Roebuck
> roadhouse. By lunchtime I had the hoopoe and spent a pleasant hour
> watching, filming and phoning people to brag. By 1pm I was on my way to
> check a few waders and with advice from Chris Hassell ringing in my ears
> was able to get equally crippling views and photos (to my standard) of
> the Semi-palmated Plover. Then it was back to the airport and head home,
> with an awesome day to remember.
> Cheers,
> Joy Tansey
> 60 Myers Parade
> Altona Meadows Vic 3028
> ph: 03 9315 6595
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