Novice birdwatcher

Subject: Novice birdwatcher
From: mariko buszynski <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2012 16:20:41 +1000
An experienced birder once told me that I should know common birds well so that when I hear or see something different I would know at least it is not usual birds. To this end I listen to the CD of Birds of the ACT, but this does not include thornbills.  During birdwatching tours I noticed some people have an ipod(?) with bird pictures and bird calls.  Could any one tell me what it is and where I can get it in Canberra.  We are going to Sydney    in near future.  Would I find it easier to obtain it in Sydney?  I would also like to know where I can get a shoulder strap to hold bins.  Do I make myself clear?  What I mean is that I don't want to hang heavy bins around my neck.
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