Re: Birds on Television

To: "Trevor Hampel" <>
Subject: Re: Birds on Television
From: Hugo Phillipps <>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 1998 10:54:21 +1100 (EST)
Trevor -

At 19:35 23/02/1998 +1030, you wrote:
>If I'm watching a LIVE telecast of a sporting event (or any newscast) from
>anywhere in the world - and a bird is shown on the screen or flies across
>the line of view of the camera - and I can identify the bird - and I've
>never seen a live member of that species before - can I tick it as a

One of my colleagues here, Kevin Bartram, keeps a list of birds seen on TV.
His rules are fairly simple - the bird has to be seen on a broadcast program
(not a video), although the program can be recorded and replayed for ID
purposes.  No doubt many kinds of rule variations are possible (Kookaburras
heard in old Tarzan movies?).  His TV list is currently about 1770.  He
does, however, keep this list completely separate from his standard live
wild bird list.

Cheers,  Hugo.

Hugo Phillipps,
Birds Australia Conservation & Liaison,
Australian Bird Research Centre,
415 Riversdale Road,
Hawthorn East, VIC 3123, Australia.
Tel: (03) 9882 2622. Fax: (03) 9882 2677.
O/s: +61 3 9882 2622. Fax: +61 3 9882 2677.
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