Anoraks to Zitting Cisticola: A whole lot of stuff about by Sean Dooley

By Sean Dooley

Anoraks to Zitting Cisticola is a advisor to the key global of birdwatching. It has all of the stuff the true publications do not inform you: tips to glance cool in binoculars, how to not get caught with a chicken bore, the right way to begin your individual chook record, what to not put on, no matter if birds have penises and so forth. utilizing an alphabetic template, it is an perception into the language, behaviour, haunts and conduct of either birders and birds. Ranging in all places, Sean covers birdwatching from the viewpoint of environmental matters, politics, literature, sociology and ornithology, all with a deft contact that either informs and entertains.

So even if it is a for Anoraks, P for Parabolic Grot, S for Shakespeare ( Romeo and Juliet includes the 1st argument over chook identity ever recorded) or G for Gonads, this A-Z is a needs to for the novice, the wannabe or fanatical birdwatcher. And it is certain to continue even the main informal chook nerd amused.

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VICTORIA: Boys, boys, stop all this fussin’ and a-fightin’. I’ve just come back from the lab, and that sandpiper ain’t neither a False Dunlin nor a Cox’s Sandpiper! It’s a hybrid. The Mummy was as Curlew Sandpiper. And the Daddy was … you, JR! Bobby puts his hand to his head in disbelief. BOBBY: I hope this is all just another dream. JR puts his hand to his gut in pain. JR: Ooh, there goes my liver. Oh well, plenty more where that came from. TRANSCRIPT ENDS. indd 47 30/10/07 9:05:51 AM CRIPPLER Interestingly, since it was confirmed that it was only a hybrid and taken off the official Australian list, the number of reports of Cox’s Sandpiper-type birds has fallen off.

There are two species of chicken on the Australian bird list, both descendants of captive birds gone wild. The Red Junglefowl, our domestic chook which originated in SouthEast Asia, is tickable on some of the Barrier Reef islands, and on Norfolk, Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands. The Green Junglefowl is the Javan cousin of the Red and a feral population exists in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the farflung Indian Ocean. Most Australians have never set foot on the Cocos. Most hard-core twitchers have, specifically to see the chook, which is anything but a chook.

As essential as binoculars are, nobody has yet come up with a design that enables the user to look cool while wearing them. Think of the coolest person you can – James Dean, David Bowie, Dannii Minogue (I’m sure someone thinks she is cool). Now imagine them with a pair of binoculars around their neck. See? Even they couldn’t pull it off, so how could your average dorky birdwatcher? Exacerbating the problem is that most good birders have their binoculars sitting as high on the chest as possible.

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