Google Earth Photos

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Subject: Google Earth Photos
From: Paul Taylor <>
Date: Sun, 01 Jul 2007 12:28:23 +1000
Tony Russell wrote:
To tick a bird you've got to be in the physical presence of the live
> bird and seeing it either with your naked eye or through bins or scope.

Hear, hear.  To include sightings where you were not physically present
and saw* the bird is a slippery slope to: "I had brilliant views of all
Australian and New Zealand avifauna in HANZAB this afternoon - 'tick'."

While I realise there's a bit of tongue-in-cheek levity in these debates,
I sincerely hope people don't put political correctness before the real
reason for birdwatching/twitching:  the thrill, the adrenaline rush,
the "wow factor".  It might be a mega-rarity, or the way the light by
chance catches the feathers of an oiseau ordinaire just so and takes
your breath away.  That's what I'm in it for.

* This is where the real fuzzy area lies, in my opinion.  For example:
    On a pelagic you see a bird - but not all of the necessary field
    marks for a positive ID before it disappears behind the waves.
    A photographer next to you managed to get a photo, and upon
    reviewing the image the field marks are visible.  Do you tick the
    bird based on the photographic evidence?  Discuss.


   Paul Taylor                                  Veni, vidi, tici -
                           I came, I saw, I ticked.

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