I really enjoyed this interview with a couple of Australian Twitchers (keen bird watchers). Unlike Mr Dooley, I don’t have a life list. I am trying to see as many parrots as possible and also any interesting birds in the area but I can’t afford to take off at at the drop of a hat when someone reports a rare bird someplace. I like to spend as much time as possible observing the birds but sometimes a quick fly-over is all you get! I do have to work within my limitations on time and especially money and just be grateful for the birding travel I get to do with frequent flyer miles.
There were some parts I could really relate to like when he talks about nature being in our lives no matter where we are. I could also relate to when he said he saw a rare bird in the Roman Forum, something most tourists wouldn’t notice. When I was at the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, I think I paid more attention to the Rose-Ringed Parakeets than the architecture!
I have to agree with the “Holy Grail” bird – the Night Parrot. I would just be happy to know they are alive and well and are not extinct!
Tonight in the Drawing Room, you’re joined by a couple of twitchers. Not people who twitch, but people who are rather fond of birds.
Sean Dooley once broke the Australian record for spotting the most species of birds in one year, and he has just written the forward to the re-issue of one of our most loved bird books, Mateship With Birds by A.H. Chisholm.
You’ll also be joined by Michael Veitch, actor, comedian, author and birdwatcher.