Taxonomy of Birders (was: Field guides)

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Subject: Taxonomy of Birders (was: Field guides)
From: Russell Woodford <>
Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2002 15:55:15 +1000
Following on the discussion about who should and shouldn't carry
ornithological literature around in the park, I propose the following:

Guy at the beach with bins and Pizzey or Slater = novice birder

Guy at the beach with scope and tripod (no field guide) = British birder

Guy at the beach with scope, bins, tripod and Harrison's seabirds = novice
birder pretending to be a pelagic expert

Guy at the beach with waterproof Leicas, non-slip shoes, a couple of
battered notebooks, broken pencil, no pen or field guide = pelagic expert

Guy at the beach with waterproof Leicas, notes scribbled on recent boarding
pass, and a statutory declaration stating that the holder has not opened a
field guide in the last 24 hours  = twitcher

Guy at the beach with bins and "What Bird is That" = pervert

Russell Woodford
Birding-Aus List Administrator
Geelong   Victoria   Australia
38º 04' 09" S    144º 23' 53" E

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