Peter, I do have a scope, but the tripod is broken and I have been lax in
buying a replacement. Also, I now find that carrying a scope and tripod for
any distance is difficult.
Nevertheless, I must admit that it would have been helpful at times. I went
to Quandialla a few months ago, where an Inland Dotterel had been sighted in
a paddock. When I got there, I could see lots of ground birds at distance
from the roadside, but on the other side of locked gates - no homestead, no
farmers/graziers. Eventually, a Banded Lapwing came close enough to ID, then
I could just make out an Australian Pratincole, but sadly the Dotterel, if
it was indeed present, didn't come close enough. (It turned out that other
birders reported that Inland Dotterel was not present.)
From: Peter Shute
Sent: Monday, 18 December 2017 7:36 AM
Subject: A great day's birding
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 like 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 sights.
> (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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