The Pizzey and Knight App is a brilliant App - my opinion. I cannot imagine the
cost to put such a
tool at a birder's disposal.
What I resent is people who make negative remarks about a tool without trying
it out. You may not
want to use it yourself but many will. It is your choice.
However to imply online that birders do not need it, is shameful and
disrespectful to the
To make remarks like " Gadgets are mostly unnecessary and just lead to lazy
thinking. All one needs
are a scope, binoculars, and a field guide (book)" shows ignorance and lazy
And talking of old ways:
* it started as shoot and sketch, keep the skins
* then came binoculars and out came pencil and paper to make notes (good
birders continue with
* then someone put together their notes in a book and we all wanted that
as a reference for ID
although it is heavy to lug around.
* now someone has put together an App for your phone which replaces the
need for a book, is
lighter to carry around and not only gives you the ability to hear bird calls
but to record what you
saw, when and where precisely. You can see lists of birds by location and it
also has photos and
distribution maps amongst many other features. Basically it can do much more
than a book in helping
you to get the correct ID of a bird.
I think that apologies are due for making such negative remarks.
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 13:31:48 +1030
From: "Tony Russell" <>
To: "'David Adams'" <>, "'Birding-Aus'"
Subject: Pizzey & Knight Digital Edition review
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Well said David, you sort of agree with most of my own thoughts. I think
that mostly the old ways of birding are still the best. Nothing like getting
out there and learning from others. Gadgets are mostly unnecessary and just
lead to lazy thinking. All one needs are a scope, binoculars , and a field
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