Andrew, Richard and BAers,
>From my point of view it makes perfect sense for an article about night
>parrots to quote both the Tassie Tiger (the most well known "lost species")
>and budgie (the closest similar well-known bird). Both pieces are for a
>popular non- birding readership and address this perfectly.
In this case I would suspect this is a case of "editorial convergent evolution"
as it makes complete sense and logic.
I also don't think BA as a forum should be used for accusations of plagiarism
On 06/06/2012, at 9:52 AM, "Andrew Stafford" <> wrote:
> Hi Richard,
> I find your email both funny and mildly offensive at once - specifically your
> assertion that I've plagiarised John Huxley's Brisbane Times report from
> 2007. Mildly offensive because I was under the strong impression at the time
> that Huxley had, in fact, come dangerously close to plagiarising MY original
> report on the 2006 Night Parrot specimen in the June 2007 issue of Wingspan!
> (Which, due to the quarterly publication's long lead time, was written
> probably in April-May of that year.) My opening paragraph for that story
> "On Saturday 17 September 2006, Robert "Shorty" Cupitt, the ranger-on-duty of
> Diamantina National Park in south-west Queensland, was grading an interior
> road of the reserve when the blade of his vehicle exposed the yellow
> underbelly of a bird he didn't recognise."
> Compare that to Huxley's opening paragraph and judge for yourself:
> "THE park ranger Robert "Shorty" Cupitt was repairing a section of track in a
> remote part of Diamantina National Park, Queensland, when the blade of his
> grader exposed the headless corpse of a bird he could not immediately
> identify. The yellow-bellied bird..."
> The issue back then was that neither Birds Australia nor the National Night
> Parrot network were informed about the discovery of the 2006 bird by the
> Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service - contrary to its own management plans
> for the species. I'd suggest you read the rest of the original report before
> you start throwing (misspelt) accusations of hypocrisy around...
> Austrlian birding friends. I am research more around the Night Parrot. And I
> find this on the www.
> It is funny no?
> Why ?
> Well the Age writer has copied same ideas - 'Tasmanian Tiger' and 'Budgie'
> from Brisbane Times. 'Dubbed the Tasmanian tiger of the skies, this small,
> drab, budgerigar-like bird has fascinated scientists' Naughty naughty! Ha ha
> And more even funny - Birds Australia keep this record secret to hide it from
> birdwatchers 'hunting the bird down.'
> But at 2007 they told us all when dead bird found in Queensland like chicken
> with no head:
> Mike Weston, research and conservation manager at Birds Australia, says the
> "incredible secrecy" prevented a concerted inquiry that might have yielded
> clues to the birds' habits.
> "The way it was handled was most disappointing."
> Ha ha ha - I translate from www it is called 'hypocpacy' No?
> If may be proper bird watcher go to look and see - may be now we now no more
> about the Night Parrot? NO? May be too many chickens run with no heads and
> hiding at their desk?
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