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TITLE
An Australian in the Highlands (2 of 3)
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_JIMMYJAMES_02
PERIOD
1980s
CREATOR
Jimmy James
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
2038
KEYWORDS
bird watching
ornithology
audio

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In this audio recording from the 1980s, Bill Sinclair is chatting with Australian visitor, Jimmy James, in the hills above Whitebridge in Stratherrick, on the southeastern side of Loch Ness. Jimmy is a keen naturalist and bird watcher and makes interesting comparisons between the Highlands of Scotland and the Highlands of Australia.

Interviewer: What is your main interest in natural history?

Ornithology. Ever since I was about seven I've been interested in ornithology. And I think that again over here you have a far richer variety of Highland birds to those that we do over in Australia. Up in the alpine area there's probably only about ten species that you are likely to see, whereas here the mind boggles at the rich variety. It really is fantastic. I'm so impressed with it.

Interviewer: What species have you seen, in the past week, that you can remember the names of?

Well, down around where I was living, at Kirkhill, things like rooks, jackdaws, loads of wood pigeons. I was lucky enough to see some greylag geese - quite a large flock of those - and some whooper swans, which I was thrilled about. Plenty of mallards, goosanders. Over on the western side -

Interviewer: Whereabouts on the west were you?

Ah, Inverewe?

Interviewer: Yes, correct. [laughter]


- we were lucky enough to see some red-breasted mergansers. I think, a great-crested grebe, but I, I will not swear to that, but I really do think it was. A dipper -

Interviewer: Quite, quite a lot of, of different species, in general?

Oh yes, yes, indeed, yes

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An Australian in the Highlands (2 of 3)

1980s

bird watching; ornithology; audio

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Bill Sinclair Audio: An Australian in the Highlands

In this audio recording from the 1980s, Bill Sinclair is chatting with Australian visitor, Jimmy James, in the hills above Whitebridge in Stratherrick, on the southeastern side of Loch Ness. Jimmy is a keen naturalist and bird watcher and makes interesting comparisons between the Highlands of Scotland and the Highlands of Australia.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: What is your main interest in natural history? <br /> <br /> Ornithology. Ever since I was about seven I've been interested in ornithology. And I think that again over here you have a far richer variety of Highland birds to those that we do over in Australia. Up in the alpine area there's probably only about ten species that you are likely to see, whereas here the mind boggles at the rich variety. It really is fantastic. I'm so impressed with it.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: What species have you seen, in the past week, that you can remember the names of?<br /> <br /> Well, down around where I was living, at Kirkhill, things like rooks, jackdaws, loads of wood pigeons. I was lucky enough to see some greylag geese - quite a large flock of those - and some whooper swans, which I was thrilled about. Plenty of mallards, goosanders. Over on the western side -<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Whereabouts on the west were you?<br /> <br /> Ah, Inverewe?<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Yes, correct. [laughter]<br /> <br /> <br /> - we were lucky enough to see some red-breasted mergansers. I think, a great-crested grebe, but I, I will not swear to that, but I really do think it was. A dipper - <br /> <br /> Interviewer: Quite, quite a lot of, of different species, in general?<br /> <br /> Oh yes, yes, indeed, yes