I'd only known PJ for a short while, but we became good birding companions and had many happy birding trips together.
|Philip ignoring authority, Lockhart River January 2018|
My cheeky question was the beginning of a great friendship. Together we birded as much as we could. I've lost count of the number of times we visited Werribee's Western Treatment Plant. We birded at Banyule and at Wilson Reserve. I took him to Tara Bulga to see Pilotbirds. We went to Kamarooka for honeyeaters, to LaTrobe for Swift Parrots and to Braeside for the Pectoral Sandpiper and Long-toed Stint. Last January we visited Iron Range together and he achieved several lifers. Together we twitched the SIPO at Broadwater in January 2017 (my 800th bird), then in December, the Aleutian Terns at Old Bar in New South Wales.
I loved his irreverence and his quince jelly. He loved Essendon Football Club. I will miss our birding trips and our political discussions. My thoughts are with Sue, Claire and Bill.