Don't assume

To: "Philip A. Veerman" <>
Subject: Don't assume
From: Denise Goodfellow <>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 04:54:28 +0930
In the early 90s Brett Lane and I and a team of field assistants surveyed 
Gouldian Finch  in some fairly remote areas.  On this occasion we were 
somewhere between Pine Creek and the southern boundary of Kakadu National Park. 
 I knew from previous survey work and my contacts that marijhuana was grown in 
the area.  Also there were old miners and, I guess one might call them hermits, 
scattered about the place.  All were known to take pot shots at strangers.  So  
I told the team not to approach any signs of human habitation.  

One day, travelling to a study site from our camp, we came upon a couple of 
tents.  I advised the group to skirt widely around them which we did then, and 
on consecutive days.    Then one afternoon a couple strode into camp and asked 
why we had been avoiding them.  He turned out to be a GEOLOGIST and she his 
field assistant!  Very embarrassing.  


On 15 Jul 2014, at 9:55 pm, Philip Veerman <> wrote:

> Yes indeed.
> It also happens the other way. I sent this story to B-A 4 years ago:
> In the early 1980s, I used to bird survey with Graham Leach around Marburg,
> Laidley etc (west of Brisbane). We used to regularly stop on the road
> outside the property, near the gate in view of a nice farm dam, (at about
> the same time on Sunday mornings as Graham followed a regular route). One
> time there was two Australian Hobbies zooming around a large tree and I went
> through the gate to see if maybe they were nesting. Someone came out and
> enquired what were doing. When Graham told them they said they had noticed
> him (or us) several times before and had concluded that we must be "URANIUM
> Philip
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of
> Denise Goodfellow
> Sent: Tuesday, 15 July 2014 7:42 PM
> To: Brian Fleming
> Cc: 
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Don't assume
> 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
> PhD candidate 
> Founding Member: Ecotourism Australia
> Founding Member: Australian Federation of Graduate Women Northern Territory
> 043 8650 835
> 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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