Heavily tinted car windows + birding

To: 'Chris Corben' <>, "" <>
Subject: Heavily tinted car windows + birding
From: Tony Russell <>
Date: Thu, 26 May 2016 04:38:17 +0000
Two things to take into account.  1) Don't tint the windows more than the
law allows, I've known people busted for that
   2) The darker the tint the less you'll see clearly outside, hence the
legal limit, I have tinted windows but ALWAYS lower the window when using
binocs, it makes a lot of difference to what you can see.

If I'm wearing sunnies I take them off to use binocs as required, can't see
properly with them on.


-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of
Chris Corben
Sent: 26 May 2016 12:59
Subject: Heavily tinted car windows + birding

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
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