Paul Dodd wrote:
>I initially looked for a database program but then came across an online
>application, Eremaea Birds - www.eremaea.com, which I use for my
>There are several benefits to the online application, first it is free!
>Secondly it means that you can access your sightings from anywhere.
Ahem ... anywhere you have a connection to the 'net! This seems to me to be
a major drawback with any of the web-based birding databases - designed for
dude holidays where there are 'net cafes on every corner!!
>because quite a number of people use the application, there is loads of
>information on sightings and locations that you can access.
That's true, but it's why I see Eremaea Birds as an excellent companion to a
standalone program. As I've said many times before, I use BirdInfo, a local
(Canberra-based) app with lots of great features. It is not pretty and
there is a steepish learning curve, and it's a PC only app, but I've used it
for about 15 years now & it's still a very useful tool that I refer to a few
times a week. I can use it on a laptop in the middle of nowhere. It is
really cheap by UK standards. Find it here
http://www.netspeed.com.au/birds/birdinfo/ - perhaps the one drawback is
that it looks like Simon has effectively stopped developing it, but the
current version offers various user-defined mod's, and will run +/- for ever
I run Macs at home and I haven't yet been impressed with any of the OSX
birding database applications (J-Bird, Wings ...) - which is a pity, as I
don't really want to continue to be tied to Windows for just one killer
legacy program :-(
My $0.02 worth ... again!
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