The only things I would point out are:
1) The Tasmanian Tiger is actually declared extinct. The Night Parrot is almost
certainly not extinct.2) We know quite a lot about Tasmanian Tigers. We know
very little about Nigh Parrots.
It is an analogy which the general public will be able to understand (and
perhaps be misled by?).....
> Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2012 10:41:08 +1000
> CC: ;
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Night Parrot again
> 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
> Cheers all,
> Ed Williams
> Kingsville, VIC
> 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 reads:
> > "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...
> > Cheers
> > Andrew
> > Austrlian birding friends. I am research more around the Night Parrot. And
> > I
> > find this on the www.
> > http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/news/national/twitchers-cry-foul-in-case-of-the-deceased-parrot/2007/06/22/1182019367467.html
> > 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 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?
> > Richard
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