The perfect phone for a birder?

To: "'Tony Russell'" <>, "'Alan Gillanders'" <>
Subject: The perfect phone for a birder?
From: "Tony Russell" <>
Date: Wed, 30 Dec 2009 10:38:47 +1030
And further to my previous note, what good is a phone if you don't know
where you are ??


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Tony Russell
Sent: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 10:12 AM
To: 'Alan Gillanders'
Cc: Birds
Subject: The perfect phone for a birder?

When going off any beaten track I always take a GPS, spare batteries, a
magnetic compass, and maps if obtainable. Then there are the other
things to take note of before setting off - any visible landscape
features, fences, sun position, wind direction, cloud direction,
orientation of any roads which might have traffic noises.  I lost myself
once for twenty minutes in mallee scrub without any of these, never
again.  I got out by listening for traffic and bisecting the noise start
/finish directions.  Luckily a vehicle went by within earshot.  I
emerged half a kilometre from where I had gone in.


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Alan Gillanders
Sent: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 6:09 PM
To: Dave & Marj; 
Subject: The perfect phone for a birder?

I agree with you.
My off the beaten track walking is usually done in dense rainforest
the tools you mention are useful but limited.

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