Which Wandering Albatross?

To: "'Peter Shute'" <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>
Subject: Which Wandering Albatross?
From: "Jeff Davies" <>
Date: Wed, 4 Apr 2012 16:28:24 +1000
The premise is that "what BARC thinks of them" and what is actually happening 
out there in the real world don't correlate. In fact I don't even actually 
understand what it was that Henry was actually trying to say about BARC with 
that statement, maybe he should ellaborate. I feel uncomfortable when BARCs 
name gets thrown up as some sort of punching bag for issues it has nothing to 
do with.

BARC isn't a taxonomic review committee, it aims to provide an orderly approach 
to identifying uncommonly recorded taxon and part of that orderly approach is 
to follow a single recommended species list, also not determined by BARC. I 
agree with Nikolas that it would probably be more functional and less 
controversial if we recognized subspecies as referable taxon. From a personal 
point of view whether a bird is a true species or not is not a contributing 
factor to the process of trying to identify what it is flying around in front 
of you. 

Getting back to Tristram Abatross, I suspect that is one taxon(irrespective of 
whether you want to consider it a species or not) that if claimed and presented 
to BARC for assessment would be virtually impossible to ever be accepted as a 
valid record, I am certainly unaware of a sure fire way to identify it. I am 
not speaking on behalf of BARC here just as a voting member. 

Cheers Jeff.

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From: Peter Shute  
Sent: Wednesday, 4 April 2012 3:57 PM
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Subject: Which Wandering Albatross?

I interpreted Harry's remark as meaning that it doesn't matter to the birds 
what BARC thinks of them, not that they shouldn't concern BARC.

Am I wrong?

Peter Shute

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