Re: Colour chart

To: Stephen Greenfield & Kit Hansen <>
Subject: Re: Colour chart
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 1997 16:35:56 +1000 (EET)
On Tue, 11 Feb 1997, Stephen Greenfield & Kit Hansen wrote:

> One standard color reference is Frank B. Smithe, Natutalist's Color Guide
> and Supplement, NY: American Museum of Natural History, 1975 (but later
> revised, I think).  The guide has 86 color swatches; the supplement has a

I believe this chart is still available in Australia.  Maybe from Andrew
Isles Natural History Bookshop in Melbourne??

I discovered when using this chart last year that I might be just the
tiniest bit colour blind; either than or the subtleties are too fine for
my (relatively) untrained eye to pick.  My brother, who is a an artist,
left me for dead in picking the subtle differences of colour. 

So getting the chart is one thing; using it accurately is something
different again.  It is certainly only useful for birds in the hand, in
good even light - no use at all for birds at the other end of a pair of
binoculars (look through a few different pairs & witness the not-so-subtle
changes in colour that reveals). 

Lawrie Conole
Geelong, Victoria, Australia


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