Novice birdwatcher

To: "'mariko buszynski'" <>, <>
Subject: Novice birdwatcher
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2012 16:46:56 +1000
Generally most binoculars come with a strap but not a very good one. I have a great harness that I bought in the birding shop in Melbourne some years ago but I don't think they are there any more. However that cost a lot. It is not just comfortable but safe, as it clips on to the binoculars from both sides. So you can't drop them. On a single normal strap, if it breaks or comes loose the item will just fall down. I suggest going to something like cash converters where they have boxes of such straps for probably $2 or $3 or some of the open air markets (e.g. Woden Sunday morning) where you can likely buy a bargain like that. Or recycle a strap from a bum bag. It doesn't need to be brand specific to your binoculars, just fit the holder. Others can tell you more about the ipods than me.
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From: mariko buszynski [
Sent: Thursday, 26 July 2012 4:21 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Novice birdwatcher

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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