Don't assume

To: Denise Goodfellow <>
Subject: Don't assume
From: Allan Richardson <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:44:53 +1000
I have a similar story and although not really that humorous, it does make you 
realise how we assume everyone else is on the same wavelength as us.

It was 2011, before Mt Lyndhurst was off limits to birders. 

We had driven in from the north past the site to pay our fee for site admission 
at the Lyndhurst pub and had spent a few hours looking round. We saw 
Thick-billed Grasswren throughout the area, but the Chestnut-breasted Whiteface 
were proving more time consuming.

We walked out to the front of the site and there was a gentleman walking around 
not far from the rusty car - obviously this guy must be here for the birds, so 
I thought it only right that I go over and give him the good oil on what we had 
seen so far.

Dip doo - when I started dribbling on about Grasswrens all I got was a blank 
look, birds?? I'm here to see the car mate! and with that we parted 

The car was much better than what I had expected it to be, but to go all the 
way out there to see it? He must have been thinking the same thing about the 
birds. All a matter of perspective!!

As for the Whiteface, I had wasted all this time following up other folk's oil 
and in the end I just went back to birding basics. 

There were well worn tracks across the landscape, so we just followed them 
slowly in the car seeking out mixed passerine foraging groups. We came across a 
flock of Orange Chats and voila the Whitefaces were with them.......

Allan Richardson
Morisset NSW

On 15/07/2014, at 7:42 PM, Denise Goodfellow wrote:

> Brian, I bet there a many tales like yours, Russell’s and mine around.  
> Perhaps Birding Aus  should consider running a competition for the funniest 
> birding tale!  I’ll put up $50 for a prize!
> Denise Lawungkurr  Goodfellow
> PO Box 71
> Darwin River, NT, Australia 0841
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> On 15 Jul 2014, at 3:11 pm, brian fleming <> wrote:
>> Many years ago the devious organizer of a treasure hunt issued the 
>> instruction at the start: Go to XX Park, where you will find a familiar Ford 
>> V8. The password is "Cheese".
>> At said park a friend found a V8, knocked on the window -"Cheese, Cheese. 
>> Have you got the clues?"You can imagine the reaction!
>> Brian Fleming (who was innocent)
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