Birding for Devils

To: "'Geoffrey Jones'" <>, "'birding-aus'" <>
Subject: Birding for Devils
From: "Paul G Dodd" <>
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2012 22:30:30 +1000
Hi Geoff,

Ruth and I met John on the most recent Portland pelagic, on which he added
at least White-fronted Tern to his list. John is an extremely pleasant and
likeable bloke and whilst he has taken on doing a Big Year he appeared
somewhat nonchalant about it (although, I know he is really taking the
effort quite seriously!)

We certainly wished him good luck. I tried to point him in the direction of
a reasonably reliable Lewin's Rail at Portland, but he tells me that he
managed to hear it, but not see it - so no tick for him...

John's strategy for his big year is to tackle the more "difficult" sites
first, places like the Torres Strait islands, Christmas and Cocos Islands,
Iron Range and so on, then work his way through the "easier" areas. The
reason for this approach is it gives him the opportunity to revisit the
difficult sites multiple times during the year, if he misses any birds on
the first attempt.

Looking at his list on his website, he is up to 485 species - not bad
considering it is only mid-April.

We did tell him to watch out, because even if he gets Sean's record, Ruth
and I will be after his record at some stage in the near future ;-)

Anyway, good luck John!

Paul Dodd
Docklands, Victoria

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Geoffrey Jones
Sent: Thursday, 12 April 2012 3:10 PM
To: 'birding-aus'
Subject: Birding for Devils

Good afternoon 

                              I don't know if anybody has seen this

but this chap is trying to see as many birds as possible over a year and he
is pretty serious as of the end March he has seen 452 from the start of this
year. His name is John Weigal and he was on the Port Fairy Pelagic in March.
Also I have put a couple of shots up from Port Lincoln Nat Park in early

Kindest Regards

Geoff Jones



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