Vale Mark Barter

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Subject: Vale Mark Barter
From: steve davidson <>
Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2011 10:47:30 +1100
Dear B-A readers,

I just want to pass on the very sad news to B-A that Mark Barter passed away 
last week from a long illness. Mark is well known for his outstanding and 
tireless involvement with both the Victorian Wader Study Group and the 
Australian Wader Study Group, as well as his incredible work involving 
conservation of Shorebirds in the Yellow Sea region of China. To say that Mark 
was passionate about shorebirds is a gross understatement; he could readily age 
and determine the stage of moult of a Red Knot at 200 paces without even 
lifting his trusty Zeiss to his eyes, but this passion also extended to 
birdwatching in general, camping, travelling and most of all his family.  
On a personal level, Mark was instrumental in fostering and encouraging me as a 
young bloke and rather green birder, and we spent many happy hours watching 
waders down at the Werribee Sewage Farm(as it was known back then) from the 
mid-eighties through to the early nineties. Mark was generally unflappable and 
upbeat, but this demeanour was dropped on one particular occasion down at the 
plant when his Mitsubishi L300 Express with it's rather low clearance got stuck 
on a rut on a track somewhere in the eastern section of the plant, back when 
the vehicle tracks weren't graded much. Much digging and burning of clutch 
later was to no avail and we had to rely on farm staff to yank us out very late 
in the day.  We saw some nice avocet though...

He was a good friend & mentor and he will be sorely missed.

Condolences to Mark's wife Teri and their children Lisa, Robert, Andrew and 

RIP Mark.

Steve Davidson

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