Yellow Bittern at North Lakes

To: Nicolette Thompson <>
Subject: Yellow Bittern at North Lakes
From: David Stowe <>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:14:28 +1000
Thanks for writing this Nicci.
Great to hear on every level.
Dave Stowe

On 13/07/2014, at 4:23 PM, Nicolette Thompson <> 

> I was one of the birders at North Lakes on Friday.  I saw the email from
> Sandra Gallienne when I arrived home last night and immediately let her
> know that her account of the day was not based on fact.  I did this in the
> hope that she would retract her statement and thus avoid the usual
> acrimonious emails.  She has neither done this nor responded to me.
> On Friday morning the Yellow Bittern was not at the lake where Paul had
> seen it.  When I and a friend arrived we met two birders who had been there
> since early morning and who had not seen the bird. It was not FLUSHED by
> birders or photographers.  It simply was not there.  I did speak to a few
> folk who had left the footpaths contrary to Paul's request. Some moved back
> immediately and only a couple remained where they were.  There are always a
> couple of people in any group to whom any considerations don't apply,
> aren't there?  Anyway they didn't flush or chase the bird as it wasn't
> there.  The waterfowl were foraging or loafing in and around the lake and
> were in no way perturbed by the dozen or so watchers plus various bikers,
> walkers and dog walkers who I guess are regulars in the area.
> Late morning a gentleman came back to the lake to let us know that the YB
> was across the road at the Golf Club. There was no great rush across.  As
> the message spread folk walked across to the pond to watch or photograph
> the bird.  Eventually officials from the Gold Club came to talk to us
> because the pond was in the line of fire from the golfers and it was a
> safety issue.
> They were very interested once they knew what we were doing.  After a
> discussion about safety issues versus our interests they were going to work
> on  some management strategies for the following day so that both could be
> satisfied.  We left at midday, so I can't comment on anything that happened
> after that .
> Sadly, Sandra's email has caused a lot of angst and unnecessary back-biting
> on this forum.
> I would also like to know on what grounds Sandra has given herself the
> authority to tell us that 'birders are now asked to refrain from visiting
> this site'
> Nicci Thompson
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