Chatting while bird watching in a group

To: "Denise Goodfellow" <>, "John Harris" <>
Subject: Chatting while bird watching in a group
From: "Alan Gillanders" <>
Date: Sun, 14 Jul 2013 18:35:42 +1000
"From: Denise Goodfellow To: John Harris
"I think you and I chatted that delightful night at the sewage ponds. Can you think of a term for that?"

I can, Denise and John, but not for publication!

Denise, you spoke of the disparity of birding intent in groups and must find that as I do a challenge. I cope by giving the serious birder(s) the wink about taking care of the interests of the non birder or casual birder and as long as I am keeping the birds flowing for the rest of the group or the spouse then everything is OK. One of the problems I had in Costa Rica when I could not hire a private guide but had to join a tour was that people who were not birders were taking a bird tour without any background in birding and the lodge didn't have binoculars for them. As a result the guides spent time finding large birds or ones which sat still long enough for everyone to get a view through the scope. I was able to make reasonable use of the time by waiting until the scope was set up and using the laser point to indicate to the guide a bird I needed ID help with. Or to take that time to ask about another local specialty as to where and how to find it.

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