Well done, Carl. I agree that most of us rely on others to see birds, and
hopefully help others in turn (not a pun).
So why don't you have your own scope?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Birding-Aus On Behalf
> Of Carl Weber
> Sent: Sunday, 17 December 2017 7:41 PM
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] A great day's birding
> I saw the Aleutian Terns at Old Bar on Friday. It was a great day's birding,
> more so because it was my 600th bird, 17 years in the making; the first 500 in
> 9 years and 8 years to go from 500 to 600. It took a little skill, a deal of
> persistence, and a modicum of luck.
> Above all, it was done with the help of a lot of people, starting with the
> people who run the sightings websites, and the people who generously
> provide information to them. There are the birders who give directions on
> site, and those who take time out to point out to sight-challenged birders
> me, just where in the tree the subject bird is hiding. Thanks to the birders
> who invite us to look into their scope to see the rare bird that is in its
> (They never ask me why don't I have my own scope.) Thanks to the people
> who run pelagics (well done Roger) and are patient with those of us who
> stagger across the deck and are pleased to simply get a bird in our binns, let
> alone ID it. Thanks to the professional guides who share their knowledge
> with such enthusiasm and go beyond the call of duty to help find the bird
> (Chook C).
> Back to Old Bar on Friday. It was a fun day in a picturesque setting - the
> weather was kind, cool but no rain. Everyone had a smile. We were all
> conspirators doing something out of the ordinary, something that we
> understood, but many would not: taking a day off work to see a bird; driving
> 1500 km overnight, or simply walking fully dressed with cameras, binoculars,
> telescope, and tripods for 1 km along a secluded beach.
> Finally the views of the terns were great. I even saw terns in flight. I can't
> promise to in future always tell the difference between a common tern and
> an Aleutian, but I will know not to jump to conclusions.
> Carl Weber
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