The Decline of BA

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Subject: The Decline of BA
From: Penny Brockman <>
Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2016 03:25:41 +0000
I am sorry to read emails like that from Jenny.  However, whatever one
writes or says, there is always a miserable pedant who has to put you
right (and I can be quite pedantic myself), or tell you you are up the
wrong tree.  Just bin them; life's too short to spend time getting upset
by these misery-mees.

Myself I haven't posted much to BA for a long time - too busy, too
preoccupied, enjoying life too much, and I can't remember if I posted
somethng on my recent week spent at Mornington in the Kimberleys,
surveying at waterholes for finches, pigeons, parrots and quail.  A
great week it was too with super people there, all highly committed and
doing good work. Very impressive all round. And lots of fabulous views
of Purple-crowned Fairy-wrens, Buff-sided Robins and a mixed bag of
finches, including Gouldians.

This is the sort of volunteering it is worthwhile for retirees to do.
The country is beautiful, and the Broome Bird Observatory is a great
place to stay before and after visiting Mornington. And you can camp at
the gorges along the way. We were there in mid September so most of the
tourists had gone as I was told the Gibb River Road is now like Sydney's
Rocks at weekends. Not conducive for good birding.

So, please everyone continue your good work for BA - particularly those
who make it function smoothly. That's another great volunteer activity.
I've learnt a lot via BA in my earlier days birding in Australia - it is
a particularly useful and reliable source of information when planning
trips both in Australia and overseas.

Thanks to everyone who has in the past contributed and will continue to
do so.

Penny, Gloucester NSW

> Hi all,
> I agree totally that Facebook is useless for archive searching and much
> good information is going to be lost. Birding-Aus has been an invaluable
> resource for me over the years and I hope I have sometimes provided help to
> others. And yes, it is sad to see the demise of the road trip reports.
> Having said all that I don't submit to Birding Aus any more because of all
> the "trolls" that used to contact me complaining that:
> I had spelt a word wrong
> That I actually didn't know what I was talking about
> That going on a twitch was a waste of the worlds limited resources
> That keeping a year list/life list was not in the spirit of birding
> Etc etc etc
> Sadly the above comments were usually couched in words meant to demean or
> cause discomfort.
> So, on Fb I can screen out people who make these types of comment or make
> tasteless attempts at humour and my enjoyment of communicating with fellow
> birders has increased because I no longer fear I am going to be attacked.
> If Birding-Aus had a strong commitment to banning abusive mail, and had a
> place I could forward abusive mail that had been sent to me privately that
> would see the sender banned, I would love to come back. I could even submit
> a report of my latest 2 day 1600 km road dash to see the Paradise Shelduck
> that would have included the contact details for accommodation at Culburra
> and where the best food in town was.
> cheers
> Jenny
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