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Date: Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:43:29 +0000
Hi Greg, 

Most smart phones will do the same thing more than adequately. I regularly use 
mine while conducting our standardised bird surveys, not so much for describing 
birds (there's rarely a difficult ID), but for recording extra sounds that the 
birds are making. For instance, last week I was in quite strong wind in the 
Desert Uplands, watching a mixed flock of LBJs and noticed the Inland 
Thornbills doing some unfamiliar calls. My phone (iPhone) adequately picked up 
the sounds for future reference. I was watching the birds at the same time with 
binoculars so I could dictate which species was making which call. Smart phones 
are generally more expensive than cheaper sound recorders, but you can't load 
apps onto the recorder, or brag to your your mates about the crippler you've 
just seen. 

On the downside, my iPhone crashed last year through no fault of mine and it 
took a forensic data analyst to recover my phone, which had a nice recording of 
a fawn-breasted bowerbird imitating a Hylarana daemeli (water frog).



On 10/07/2013, at 10:01 PM, "Greg Little" <> wrote:

> BA
> Gooday, I recently watched a lady cleverly holding binoculars and a small
> digital voice recorder at the same time, with both hands, and describing
> details of a bird into the recorder while she watched it through the
> binoculars. This seemed rather clever as she then did not have to take her
> eyes off the bird while recording all the details. I on the other hand would
> have had to take my eyes off the bird to write anything down in a note pad.
> She then pointed the recorder at the bird and got a good enough record of
> the call to identify the bird later. The lady used a slim black 3 year old
> Sony digital recorder that cost less than $100. Has anyone had any recent
> experiences with these type of devices and can they offer any advice on
> models etc.
> Thanking you
> Greg Little
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