Pocket PCs for bird calls

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Subject: Pocket PCs for bird calls
From: "Crispin Marsh" <>
Date: Sat, 13 Jan 2007 11:15:49 +1100
Dear Frank and birders,
I have a Garmin IQue M5 which is a pocket PC combined with a GPS. It is not a 
cheap option but works very well. I have  1 Gb card in the device and it holds 
the complete Garmin maps of Australia (very good for cities but rather sparse 
in the bush); all 10 CDs from BOCA plus some other bird call material; and a 
beta version of BirdInfo program for recording bird sightings. In addition It 
can do the ususal tinkgs like taking dictated notes, calculations, storing 
pictures etc.

The BirdInfo data can be transferred to my PC and sent directly to the birds 
Australia atlassing project. Two difficulties I have come across are that the 
GPS will not provide its coordinates to the birdinfo program (I have to jot 
down the GPS reading and re-enter it. Secondly the GPS cocordinates ate in dd. 
mm.mmm format rather than the format required by the atlas.

For playback I use a very small Fumiyama FSP-505 powered speaker that I bought 
at Singapore airport. I have no idea of the frequency response of this speaker 
(though I suspect that it is rather limited). I have had some success with the 
calls (Mangrove honeyeater, green backed honeyeater, little kingfisher for 
instance) and some dips - though I stree that I have not used it all that 
often. At the moment it has been used more in the mode of "I wonder if it 
works?". I have also used it only in areas where there would not be a risk of 
habituation of the birds to mechancal calls.

The GPS has a tracking function which I have found useful on pelagic trips as 
it will show the whole course of the voyage as a track on the map.

In summary an expensive toy that I am enjoying using!

Peter Marsh

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