Field Guide and Images

To: Canberrabirds <>
Subject: Field Guide and Images
From: Falco <>
Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:44:56 +1100
As the person who was too quick to judge Julie, to her I have already 
apologised, but I now may I use this opportunity to raise two issues that I 
find frustrating about Canberrabirds.

1. (Sans) Field guides
2. Images and image sizes

1. I have been a member of many birding clubs in the US and now in Australia, 
but whether it be the availability of the internet or a difference in the way 
people go about birding here in Canberra, I have never known people to show 
such apparent disinterest in trying to identify birds themselves. If you 
haven’t already, can I recommend you purchase a field guide and do that initial 
investigation yourself. It is really one of the joys of birding and very 
satisfying to nail an ID. If by pursuing the field guide you still cannot 
identify a bird then by all means request help on this forum, whether by image 
of description.

2. Can I please ask the photographers who use this forum please consider those 
of us that use mobile devices and stick to the CLEARLY STATED 100kb image 
limit. This doesn’t seem to be policed and we have had recent instances of 
8megabyte images. May I suggest you do as others do and post your images to a 
photographic forum and post the URL to this forum. Then those that want to look 
can follow the link. Again please don’t post images for identification until 
you have tried to identify that bird yourself.

Best wishes and I look forward to meeting more of you in the field.


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