birdwatchers - spiderwatchers?

To: david taylor <>, birding-aus birding-aus <>
Subject: birdwatchers - spiderwatchers?
From: Nikolas Haass <>
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2008 04:24:19 -0700 (PDT)

Everytime when I go out "birding" I try to identify mammals, reptiles, 
amphibians, butterflies, dragonflies and spiders. Try that as well and count 
the positively identified species in each group. You'll find out that the birds 
are by far the largest group in your count. Birds are the easiest to find AND 
to identify (with regular tools) group of animals. That's why they are used as 
bioindicators rather than other similarly sensitive groups. And that's also why 
listers love them: it's more fun to come home with 100+ species "in the bag" as 
opposed to 5, or 10 or 15...



P.S. the recent pelagic out of Sydney (which I unfortunately missed) had 
White-tailed Tropicbirds - really cool. But the best "bird" was in my opinion 
the albino False Killer Whale in a pod of 10-11 "normal" ones!

Nikolas Haass

Sydney, NSW

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From: david taylor <>
To: birding-aus birding-aus <>
Sent: Tuesday, March 18, 2008 8:59:50 PM
Subject: birdwatchers - spiderwatchers?

As we all know bird watching is an international pass time with many  
devotees, clubs, twitchers, activities, guides, tours, etc etc etc

With all the talk of spiders it prompted the thought why other  
creatures such as spiders or insects,  lizards or even mammals doesnt  
attract the same level of participation as birds and birding seems to.

Are there  full scale spider listers or mammal twitchers or the  
lizard watchers club?

Not suggesting that there are not those out there interested or some  
organisations involved in these other creatures, but as far I see not  
at the same levels of participation and passion that birds and  
birding has? ....  I wonder why?

Others may have a thought or disagree with me on this as a topic for  


David Taylor

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