Lots of Questions, Birding Australia

To: "L&L Knight" <>, <>
Subject: Lots of Questions, Birding Australia
From: "Peter Shute" <>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2008 10:34:15 +1000
Many people seem to recommend having a copy of Pizzey and Knight for
reference, but have one of the smaller ones - Slater and Slater or the
compact version of Morcombe - to carry around.

Here are some reviews, etc, about our field guides:
I'm sure I've seen a better, more critical review somewhere, but can't
find it now.

It's probably amusing some people that Subaru Foresters and finding
birds are mentioned in the same posting.  It often seems like you only
need to find where the Foresters are in order to find the birds, as
they're very popular among birders.

Peter Shute

 wrote on Thursday, 14 August 2008 6:25

> G'day Ross
> The answers to virtually all of your questions can be found in the
> Birding Aus archive -
> There are three current field guides - all available via
> bookshops - I
> use Pizzey and Knight, but Morecombe and the latest S&D are
> fine. Hema probably make the best road maps for the outback,
> but you can get
> free maps for Qld etc if you join the RACQ.
> Many birders drive compact 4WDs such as Subaru Foresters -
> these have
> reasonable fuel economy - it really depends on whether you intend to
> seriously get off the bitumen.
> Regards, Laurie.
> On 14/08/2008, at 5:43 AM,  wrote:
>> Hey all,
>> My name is Ross, and i'm leaving for Australia in about two weeks. I
>> am currently a student at the University of Pittsburgh and am going
>> to study abroad at Bond University(Gold Coast) for two semesters.
>> I'll be in Australia for 8 months and plan on doing lots and lots of
>> birding. Right now I live in the eastern United States (PA) and i've
>> been birding pretty much my whole life. I'm sure this listserve will
>> be hearing alot more from in the upcoming months, but at the moment
>> I have a few questions. Hopefully some on you will be able to help
>> me out. I have been looking at this listserve for over a year now
>> and I know that there are alot of great people on here and they have
>> alot of good info to share.
>> 1. What is the best bird book you recommend that I get? Currently
>> the only Australian bird book I own is the Field Guide to Birds of
>> Australia by Simpson and Day, 6th edition
>> 2. What bird finding/site guides should I get? I have done some
>> research and it seems that most of the bird finding guides I have
>> seen are out of print.
>> 3. Is there any good audio CDs out there for Australian birds (like
>> something similar to the Stokes or Peterson audio CDs in the US)
>> 4. What company makes the best road maps?
>> 5. I am also planning on buying a car when I get to Australia. Is
>> there any good used car dealerships in the Gold Coast area that
>> people would recommend/ tips about buying used cars in Aussie that
>> people could give me. I am probably going to get a 2WD instead of a
>> 4WD cause of price and gas mileage, though I know a 4WD would be
>> alot better for birding.
>> Thanks in advance and i'm sure i'll run into some of you alot sooner
>> than later, Ross Gallardy,
>> Pittsburgh, PA, USA (currently)
>> Robina, QLD (August 27th)
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