Carrying field guides into the field

Subject: Carrying field guides into the field
Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2002 11:07:03 +1000
I have nearly finished reading Mark Cockers' book 'Birders: Tales of a
Tribe' about the twitching phenomenon in the UK. It has been a very
enjoyable read but a comment in this book which was similar to a statement
made in Bill Oddie's autobiography had let me to believe that I continue to
make an enormous faux pas everytime I go birding. Both books allude to the
fact that it is poor form to take a field guide out in the field and one
must make notes and diagrams of what one sees. In taking my copy of Slater
with me into the filed, have I committed a cardinal sin of birding, or is
this a particularly English peculiarity?

PS Presumably those that take chairs into the field do so, so they can
accommodate the larger field guides or even HANZAB on their lap.

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