I like your approach, it's a great encouragement for novices like myself
when trying to ID new birds.
I remember the first time I saw a Bassian Thrush. All I could do was point
at it and yell 'It looks like a Pacific Golden Plover, but it's not'! And
likewise the first time I saw a white morph of a Grey Goshawk I pointed and
yelled 'It's not a Cockatoo!
On the plus side I can ID Pelicans from at least 100 yards away! (just the
aussie ones though) ;)
On Tue, Mar 20, 2012 at 1:13 PM, Mick Roderick <> wrote:
> Everything that has been said in the recent threads is true and I support
> the sentiments of Nikolas, Martin, David et al.
> All ID's are there to be scrutinised...but some attract more attention,
> i.e. those that are posed as a question (re: Denise's friend) and 'rare
> birds' (re: Great Shearwater). But if they aren't drawn to our attention
> then that is a loss.
> On pelagic trips I always tell people, no matter how inexperienced they
> are, to shout "anything" if they see a bird they don't recognise....attempt
> an ID if you want, but as a minimum draw attention to the bird..."what's
> this!??!" is a good one. I'm sure many birds in these situations get away
> because people don't pipe up about it.
> Pipe up, I say.
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