Goodbye Thanks and Amen

To: "'Nigel Harland'" <>
Subject: Goodbye Thanks and Amen
From: "Tony Russell" <>
Date: Thu, 5 Sep 2013 09:05:16 +0930
Hi Nigel, nice to hear from you again. You certainly should have a bagful of 
fond memories to carry forward into your future. May I wish you all the best in 
your new endeavours, and maybe we'll catch up again sometime.


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Nigel Harland
Sent: Wednesday, 4 September 2013 5:08 PM
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Goodbye Thanks and Amen

This posting is to let people know that I have “done a Tony Russell” and I hope 
I am not straying too far from the main topic.  I have been birding in 
Australia for the past 38 years, in fact it was the birds of Australia which 
kept me here after a short secondment from the UK.  But after 38 years and some 
760 species, I have decided to move on.  I may well make the trip to Werribee 
when the next rarity turns up, but you won’t find me on Christmas Island again! 
   Seeing the birds was one thing, but I will always remember the camaraderie 
and the way in which everyone was willing to share their knowledge - I hope I 
did the same.  My interest in birds has not disappeared altogether, I have 
developed an interest in photography and whilst I will never reach the dizzy 
heights of others, it will provide me with a continued connection with 
birdwatching.  This note is to say an enormous thankyou to readers of 
Birding-aus whom I have met on various trips, twitches and pelagics over that 
period of time.  My last twitch was for the Hoopoe in Broome a while back and 
that seems a good way to go out.  Anyone who wants to make me an offer for an 
almost virgin (is there such a thing?) copy of the full set of HANZAB can 
contact me offline.  By the way, I thought I might use BJ’s final message on 
M*A*S*H as a fitting end to a great aspect of my life – Goodbye Thanks and Amen.

Nigel Harland

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