RE: Australian iPhone birding app

To: Troy Mutton <>, Dave Torr <>
Subject: RE: Australian iPhone birding app
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Fri, 7 Aug 2009 16:29:35 +1000
If the program has already recorded the species, date, time and coordinates, it 
would be a pity if it didn't at least end up in the Atlas (AKA Birdata).

Peter Shute

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Troy Mutton
Sent: Thursday, 6 August 2009 11:47 AM
To: Dave Torr
Subject: RE: Australian iPhone birding app

I don't use either of them, but if you can import csv data into those 
databases, yes you can.

From: Dave Torr 
Sent: Thursday, 6 August 2009 11:43 AM
To: Troy Mutton
Subject: RE: Australian iPhone birding app

Any way to download the information into one of the main birding databases such 
as Eremaea or Birdata?

2009/8/6 Troy Mutton <>

Hi everyone,

I installed this app last night, and for a few bucks it's pretty good.
Does exactly what it says on the box - ie: is a checklist with links to other 
sources for further information.

You enter a location, it whacks on the gps reading of where you are to that 
location, and automatically gives the sightings the time you were there (or 
more accurately, when you started entering the information).
Type in the first few letters of the birds name and it narrows the list to 
those birds with those letters anywhere in the name, select the one you saw, 
and away you go.

If you put numbers of birds in (I do for more unusual ones, and just rough 
estimates for more common types) you can click on the sighting in the list and 
add numbers and any field notes.

What I do like about the name selection is if you know you're looking at a 
(say) parrot, but can't remember the first part of the name, just type in 
"parrot" and it will limit the list to birds with those words appearing in 
their name (so the parrots and parrot-finches), and you can jog your memory 
("ahh - it *was* a Night Parrot I just saw!"). You can also put in latin names, 
so if you know that what you're looking at is an Anthochaera phrygia, you can 
type that in. There doesn't appear to be a way to add any species - so if 
you're out on some distant territory and discover a new species for Australia, 
it's probably not going to be much chop. It looks as though it uses the C&B 
2008 list.

The check list also gives you tallies of sightings - no good if you've got 
years of records already (I can't see any way to import information), but 
that's useful if you're starting out I suppose, or if you're on a new trip.

I'll give it the first proper field test in a few weeks when I'm in Brisbane 
for a conference, but if you are an iPhone user and want an Australian birding 
tool, you might want to give this a shot.



From: Troy Mutton
Sent: Wednesday, 5 August 2009 11:13 AM
Subject: Australian iPhone birding app

Hi all,

Recently, my trusty old mobile journeyed on to Motorola heaven, so I decided to 
upgrade to an iPhone. While looking for birding related apps, I came across one 
that appears to have been released in the last week or so - called "Birdsight 
Australia". Has anyone tried this out? Is it any good? Doesn't seem to be a 
field guide as such, more a checklist with cross-references to wiki, flickr etc.

It's made by people, who's guide for America looks pretty 
solid. But there isn't much info on their website about the Australian app.

I have no financial interest in the app, I just stumbled across it last night.



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