Having done the odd bit of a chukking myself, I have come to the
conclusion that best approach is to take a small bucket that you can
throw up [in comfort] without having to hang over the rail [not a good
thing when you are on the top deck]. I don't know why such buckets
aren't standard equipment on pelagic trips. Generally you get an
intermission [eg 10 minutes] between heaving sessions, so if you have a
pail, you can establish an alternating pattern of birding and
burleying. You just need somewhere to put the camera while you are
reaching for the pail.
On Tuesday, September 27, 2005, at 01:21 PM, Robert Inglis wrote:
I can hear the groans already ;-).
"Not another thread about sea-sickness!!"
Believe me, I do understand the reaction and I don't wish to start
another interminable and boring
thread on that subject.
I don't wish to know about all the real or theoretical treatments
which may or may not work for me
or anyone else.
The situation is that I would very much like to participate in pelagic
birding and to be able to
take an active part in the obvious enjoyment and excitement that the
'pelagic mob' gain from this
activity. As it is, by the time we get to 'the spot' the only activity
I am capable of indulging in
is 'wishing I wasn't here'!!
The fact is that I suffer very badly from motion sickness and have
done so all my life.
I have tried a number of medications, diets and techniques to
alleviate the problem but nothing has
been sufficiently effective to give me any encouragement.
Except, perhaps, for scop patches.
I say "except" because I tried the patches many years ago and I seem
to remember that they were
The memory banks are working on old software and a bit overloaded
these days so the memories may
have some read-errors and I can't remember what the weather conditions
were like on those trips.
I have tried three pelagic trips out of Southport (Queensland) this
year dosed up on motion-sickness
tablets but the weather gods decided to really try me out.
The first trip was rough, the second trip was rougher and the third
trip was bloody rough!
Consequently the medication failed me in short time each trip.
In a final attempt to resolve my dilemma I have recently tried to get
some scop patches but my local
pharmacist tells me that they haven't been available in Australia for
Amazing! My avenue of last resort seems to have come to a
However, I have heard a rumour that some pelagic-birders may be using
My question is:
Are anti-motion-sickness patches (the type that are placed on clear
skin behind the ear) available
If so, where?
If not but pelagic-birders are using them, how do they get them?
I understand that there has never been a requirement for a doctor's
prescription to purchase these
patches in Australia and when I discussed the subject with my local GP
he did not say they were
So, I am sure there would be no danger in giving me the information I
If I receive responses to my question which I think are useful and
worthy of reporting I will post a
summary on this forum at a later date.
I have resorted to this forum in preference to the Birding-Aus Blog
mainly because I simply don't
understand the Blog.
Anyhow, believe that this topic is directly related to bird-watching
and especially related to my
ability to expand my own bird-watching and bird-photography activities.
However, in the interest of not annoying or boring those members who
have no problems with
motion-sickness or are not interested in pelagic-birding (poor
misguided souls) and in the interest
of limiting irrelevant/unnecessary posts it might be best to
respond to me direct at:
If anyone wishes to comment on the ethics or rightness or wrongness of
posting a topic such as this
on this forum would they please communicate to me directly on the
above e-mail address rather than
clog up the Birding-Aus forum.
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