Re. Birdstack

To: "Duncan Fraser" <>
Subject: Re. Birdstack
From: "Russell Woodford" <>
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2008 17:55:09 +1100 (EST)
Hi Duncan

Thanks for clearing that up.  I don't think the comments were
intentionally negative - but just like the discussions that have taken
place with each new field guide update, most of the things people write
about are the negatives!

I've just been reading a book that delves into the psychology of good vs.
bad - there is a precept that "good is stronger than bad" that you'll see
reflected in many areas of life.  There's a physiological explanation
which I won't go into detail about - just that the brain mechanisms that
respond to dangers and "bad" happen faster than those that trigger
positive responses. How many times have you dwelt on the one bad thing
that happened in an otherwise positive day? Or in my case, how much angst
have I felt at missing 2 "gettable" endemics in New Caledonia, instead of
feeling pleased about the 19 I saw, all clearly and at close range?

So while I agree with everything that has been said about Birdstack, I
think it has a nice, clean, simple interface and it appears to be very
flexible - one of the most important criteria for an online database!


Russell Woodford

On Mon, January 21, 2008 4:44 pm, Duncan Fraser wrote:
> Re naming, I should point out that Birdstack has the feature of being
> able to add alternative common names to reflect local practice.
> I also wish to point out that I helped test Birdstack, and notify this
> list, as a favour to David who is a fellow bird blogger, and a keen
> birder who has birded in Australia and in Papua N/G. DF.
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