While not wanting to carry on a topic that most people are probably sick
of, and certainly not wanting to add to a flame war, I do feel that adding
basic location info is important enough to warrant a bit more defending
For me, it's not necessarily a matter of needing the info in order to jump
into the car and go see the bird. I enjoy reading what people are seeing
and that information becomes all the more meaningful by having a mental
picture of where it is happening. To me it matters very much whether it's
Cairns, Coonamble or Cooper's Creek. It's all part of building up an
understanding of Australian birds and what they are doing where, which in
turn helps me to understand the birds I see around me.
Yes, we could all look up the locations in an atlas, but it takes up enough
valuable time just scanning the messages and reading those of particular
interest, without having to do this. By contrast it only takes 3 keystrokes
for the poster to add the state, or half a dozen extra words to give a
little more detailed info. Then if anyone wants exact access directions
they can of course contact the poster.
I know I've been guilty of forgetting to do this at times. We all make
mistakes, so let's not flame, but a gentle reminder doesn't go astray. Just
my 2 cents worth.
Blue Mountains NSW
(100km west of Sydney)
>I don't know why it's so important to put states into every report
>anyway. If someone sees a nice bird in Cairns, am I going to be able
>to see it? Not likely! So it doesn't matter if it's in Cairns,
>Coonamble or Cooper's Ck. But if someone posts about a Regent
>Honeyeater in Newstead, or a Satin Bowerbird in Corio, I know where
>they are because they're within reach! I suppose for travelers the
>extra bit of info is useful, but let's not get our knickers quite so
>tangled about all this.
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