Google Earth Photos

To: "Birding-aus \(E-mail\)" <>
Subject: Google Earth Photos
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2007 16:28:49 +1000
I think if people think it fun to have a technology-assisted viewing of a bird 
on the other side of the world, then surely that should be fine with the rest 
of us. Although it seems a little vacuous to me. If it feels like cheating then 
what is the point of doing it? Provided it is separate from the list of birds 
seen at whatever home locality. If they learn something about the bird, that is 
even better. If they wish to keep a tick list of birds or trains or postage 
stamps or coca cola cans or anything else that interests them, that they have 
seen by technology-assisted methods or from behind the next wave and identified 
later from a photo, then that is fine too. Who cares what they do with their 
lists? I've been at this for 37 years (counted from when I joined the BOCA). 
Whilst I used to care about my personal bird list, I don't care much about it 
any more - as in it is many years since I last tried to do a tally and I care 
even less about anyone else's lists and rules.

What matters and what I do care about is the fun of doing the observing, the 
new bits of information learned and then the information about why how many of 
what birds live in what places at what times (and how they survive there). If 
your observing contributes to that, then it should be correct.


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