twenty q & a

i couldn’t think a subject to blog on, so i asked myself a few questions.  it’s always healthy to check who you are.  too often we concentrate on what we are

20 questions to the confounded birder

  1.  q are you in a regular job?  i am right now but stopping full time toil at the end of october 2013 to concentrate on more birding.  maybe do some consulting and/or a board position or two.  one job confirmed at this time.  i will also volunteer to something i believe in
  2. q when did you start birding, give us a background?  a when i was about 10, encouraged by my parents and cards in the weetbix box.  in 1st year high school a friend recently arrived from england turned out to be a birder.  the birdman – another boy birder in 1969!
  3. q what about the many years between 1967 and now?    a   i kept  birding during my single years.  averted my eyes in the early years of marriage and kids.  made a big comeback with the birdman around 10 years ago
  4. q favourite birding expedition as a kid?  a  birdman and me had a few days on the southern group of the abrolhos islands when we were about 14.  we had the run of the islands including pelsart in a tinny.  fantastic
  5. q do you get crook on pelagics?  a  never used to, but i have felt like gakking in recent times.  now i take my best friend travacalm (real stuff).  magic
  6. q do you believe in destiny?  a  only when i get something wrong.  that’s often.  but i prefer to believe in my free will. especially when things go right.
  7. q what do you feel strongly about?  a  conservation that is in-your-face absolutely necessary.  see my post in alarm calls
  8. q favourite food and drink?  a  fresh bbq atlantic salmon with lemon juice.  see my tips.  favourite drink is nature’s miracle beverage, choc milk (but not so great for me).  mostly mineral water con gas and pepsi max.  i don’t drink alcohol
  9. q anchovies on pizza?  a  yep, and then some
  10. q where would you live if not in western australia?  a   somewhere in southern patagonia, argentina
  11. q what porcelain bird do you covet most?  a  a nymphenburg raven figurine, real size.  if it can be found the price will be exy
  12. q will the dockers ever win a flag?  a  dockers supporters give no regard to trinkets and baubles
  13. q where is your next birding specific expedition?  a  tasmanian pelagic, sailing from eaglehawk.  in september 2013
  14. q birdwatcher or twitcher?  a  bitcher
  15. q what policies should government introduce to help save the planet?  a bwahaha, pollies and policies can’t save anything.  technology can
  16. q does that mean you are in favour of genetically modified foods?  a  my unscientific thoughts.  probs ok for humans, but probs bad for the natural ecology that has already been through disruptive adaptation.  If there are no bugs then birds and ecological stability will suffer.  can’t be good
  17. q speed cameras … revenue raisers or road safety devices?  a  cash registers.  i do agree with point to point speed enforcement cameras – which are not used in wa
  18. q what would happen if more people were birders?  a  the world would be a far better place
  19. q what is your bogey bird?  a  it used to be (male) Myiagra rubecula leaden flycatcher, got him in the never never country in jan 2013.  now it is Turnix velox little button-quail
  20. q do you have a favourite bird?  a  no, but the bird that stunned me speechless when I first spotted it was  Coracina lineata barred cuckoo-shrike.  really fab