By Sean Dooley
Anoraks to Zitting Cisticola is a consultant to the key global of birdwatching. It has the entire stuff the true publications do not inform you: tips on how to glance cool in binoculars, how to not get caught with a chook bore, the best way to commence your individual poultry record, what to not put on, no matter if birds have penises etc. utilizing an alphabetic template, it really is an perception into the language, behaviour, haunts and behavior of either birders and birds. Ranging all over, 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 no matter if it is a for Anoraks, P for Parabolic Grot, S for Shakespeare ( Romeo and Juliet comprises the 1st argument over poultry id ever recorded) or G for Gonads, this A-Z is a needs to for the novice, the wannabe or fanatical birdwatcher. And it really is sure to maintain even the main informal chook nerd amused.
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It turns out the expert was no such thing. He had only been to see the Dowitcher once before and was pontificating on the basis of this limited information. Essentially I had dipped on the Short-billed Dowitcher because I had been taken in by a duffer (see DIP, DUFFER). indd 53 30/10/07 9:05:53 AM DUDE Dude / a generally disparaging term used by birders for non-birders; as in, ‘I went out to Inskip Point but there were too many dudes around to have any chance of seeing the Black-breasted Button-quail’.
Indd 53 30/10/07 9:05:53 AM DUDE Dude / a generally disparaging term used by birders for non-birders; as in, ‘I went out to Inskip Point but there were too many dudes around to have any chance of seeing the Black-breasted Button-quail’. The dude moniker is most pointed when it is directed at another birdwatcher, as it implies a general softness or wimpiness. Gung-ho birders like to take pride in the discomfort they will endure and will readily denigrate anyone who fails to live up to their Spartan approach as being a dude, even if that involves eminently sensible choices like sleeping in a real bed as opposed to in the car or on the ground; or stopping to eat a proper meal rather than eating soggy, month-old muesli bars on the go.
It may turn up again or it may not – you just never know. It is as if you were a Stones fan and missed out on their 1973 concert. Though upset at the time, you might reasonably presume they would come back to play again. If you had still not seen them by 2007, you might be rather more worried about ever seeing them play live, particularly every time Keith falls out of another coconut tree. BOCA (formerly the Bird Observers’ Club of Australia) / one of only two nation-wide organisations for birdwatchers.
Anoraks to Zitting Cisticola: A whole lot of stuff about birdwatching by Sean Dooley