Birders, Brits and stats

To: Dominic Funnell <>, "" <>, "" <>
Subject: Birders, Brits and stats
From: Ed Williams <>
Date: Tue, 1 Jan 2013 10:05:22 +0000

Hi Dom, Dave, Julian and all - and a very Happy New Year!
Yes, guilty as charged when it comes to a throw away comment...!  It was merely 
one Brit in Australia to another wishing him all the best back in Britain... 
(apologies to those who take my wording too literally!)
There lots and lots of birders in the UK (sorry if "lots and lots" isn't 
technical!) - you can have hundreds of people at one site at one time (all 
looking at one bird!), and of the 550 species in the UK how many are "regulars" 
versus the 850 in Australia?
I would suspect if there were the same density of Birders in Australia as the 
UK there would also be significantly more than 850 on the Aussie list.  However 
I am obviously unable to prove this statement :)
Anyway as Dom say this can be a blessing out here - imagine somewhere like the 
Western Treatment Plant if birding was as popular here as in the UK - there 
would be queues at the gates at sunrise! (one would suspect but again I can't 
prove that either!)
Cheers all,
> Date: Tue, 1 Jan 2013 03:56:49 +0000
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> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Birders, Brits and stats
> I think it was alluding to the fact that in parts of UK, especially England, 
> any half decent bird that turns up is surrounded by birders. That was one 
> reason why I moved to NE Scotland where this is not the case. 
> My experiences over here since March indicates that this is def not the case 
> over here. in Aus you can, in fact have to, find your own birds and enjoy 
> them with far smaller crowds (if any crowds at all)  which having birded and 
> twitched the UK for 30 years makes the situation over here one to celebrate.
> Happy New Year to all and have a great birding year.
> Dom
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