Bird call CD cost

To: Roger Giller <>, Birding-Aus <>
Subject: Bird call CD cost
From: Alan McBride <>
Date: Sat, 13 Jan 2007 10:55:53 +1100
Roger et al,

I went with Dave Stewart on one of his first 'call collecting trips" across Qld, NSW, SA and to edge of Nullabor back in 1980 or so. I can assure you it's a mammoth task and incredible dedication to get all the calls on file and that was just the first of many, many trips for him and others like him. Then you need to improve on the calls, get them without wind, flies, thunder, rain, cicadas, etc!

Just look at the expense you'd incur in trying to see all the birds, never mind recording them and I'd bet there are many birds on all lists that you have sen and not heard them call!

Money well spent I think on the finished CD's. Please note, I'm certainly not saying there is no more or less expense in producing a field guide, just a whole different perspective is needed.

Best wishes


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On 13/01/2007, at 10:44 AM, Roger Giller wrote:

Hi All,

The current thread on portable players for bird calls got me thinking about sourcing the calls. There are several sources but most are by no means comprehensive, e.g. the ABC collection. It appears the best would be the BOCA set but it seems very expensive.

My question is why does it cost $200 for a set of bird calls on CD when we can buy field guide to the same birds, complete with illustrations and notes, for far less. I picked up the latest Simpson and Day for $29:95 last week.


Roger Giller

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