Google Earth - potential for birders?

To: "Timothy Hyde" <>
Subject: Google Earth - potential for birders?
From: knightl <>
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2005 20:27:18 +1000
It's nice, but not that flash - a bit like a 1MP digital camera. The resolution in country areas is pretty ordinary - it is very difficult to find places like Birdsville, let along particular birding sites. Certainly you can navigate via lats and longs.

It is worth noting that the place labels can be out by a kilometre or more and that the roads are often on the wrong alignment [if you are using the road layer]. In areas like Birdsville, the system may well show up a minor track rather than the main drag. Looking at the Flinders Ranges, I found that the peaks it labelled weren't on the map I was looking at, and that the peaks on my map weren't labelled by google. In Western Australia, I found that Jurien Bay was labelled while Cervantes wasn't.

It will be a while before you can put away your maps and use google images to navigate.

Regards, Laurie.

On Wednesday, August 10, 2005, at 06:58  PM, Timothy Hyde wrote:

Google Earth - warning

If you venture into this, be prepared to waste a good portion of your time.

Not on the loading, installing or getting it to work, it's basically very
simple, but it is absolutely amazing. You will be hooked.

I've been virtually revisiting birding spots for the last few weeks,
plotting out our patch in the Capertee valley, etc etc etc

highly recommended


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