Heavily tinted car windows + birding

To: Chris Corben <>
Subject: Heavily tinted car windows + birding
From: Denise Goodfellow <>
Date: Thu, 26 May 2016 03:52:56 +0000
Well said Chris.  Most people up here drive white cars anyway.

Denise Lawungkurr  Goodfellow
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On 26 May 2016, at 12:58 pm, Chris Corben <> wrote:

> I wouldn't touch it with a 12 metre pole, but am happy to see others 
> contradict that.
> 1) In the tropics the sun is high over head in the heat of the day, so the 
> roof of your car will be far more important to how much heat ends up inside. 
> A shiny white roof must help!
> 2) Tinted windows force you to use your eyes with the pupils more open which 
> reduces your focusing ability, especially with age and reduced flexibility of 
> the lens. If it's not a problem in the heat of day, it will be an issue in 
> the twilight.
> 3) If you really like wearing sunglasses when birding, then it may not be 
> much of an issue for you. But you can easily take sunglasses off. Window 
> glass is a more permanent hindrance.
> I have never liked birding behind tinted windows. You can just see better 
> through clear glass. Clearer the better in my view!
> Cheers, Chris.
> On 5/25/2016 10:16 PM, Alan Gillanders wrote:
>> Greetings,
>> I am purchasing a new vehicle and it has been recommended to me that here in 
>> the tropics it is worth having the darkest tinting available to reduce heat 
>> in the car. My question is how disturbing if at all is that to the 
>> observation of wildlife from the vehicle?
>> Regards,
>> Alan
>> Alan's Wildlife Tours
>> 2 Mather Road
>> Yungaburra 4884
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