Pay for Rare Bird Alert...surely not?

To: David Stowe <>
Subject: Pay for Rare Bird Alert...surely not?
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Fri, 6 Nov 2009 16:54:04 +1100
I agree, I did mention that possibility, but I'm wondering how often it would 
happen.  I.e is it worth setting up an SMS system just because of that 
possibility?  Does anyone know of a case where someone later found out about an 
alert they could have responded to while in a remote area?

Peter Shute

David Stowe wrote on Friday, 6 November 2009 2:43 PM:

> What if the rarity is also in a remote place just down the road from
> where you are?????
> Plenty of good birding spots that are in remote locations that are
> relatively well travelled by birders. I'd be even more annoyed if i
> had made a trip all the way to the Kimberley or Cape etc only to find
> that i had missed something while i was there.
> Dave
> On 06/11/2009, at 2:14 PM, Peter Shute wrote:
> Several people have mentioned the problem of receiving email in
> remote areas, e.g. via an iPhone, etc.  I'm wondering how important
> this is to most people.  If you're in a remote area, are you going to
> be willing to drop everything and go somewhere to see a bird
> somewhere else?
> I would have thought you'd only be interested if the alert was for
> something close by (in which case you'd be very annoyed to have been
> so close but to have missed it).  But what are the chances of that?
> I'm guessing that usually it would be ok to wait until you can get
> email again.
> I'm just guessing about this, I'm rarely out of range for long
> myself, unfortunately.
> Peter Shute
> Simon Mustoe wrote on Thursday, 5 November 2009 9:06 AM:
>> Then, there is no guarantee people would even receive the news.
>> IPhone or not, you don't log on all day every day and you certainly
>> don't can't use an iPhone in much of the outback - though you can get
>> mobile reception, though GPRS is going to be costing you the
>> equivalent of satellite bandwidth (~$10 / MB).
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