Bird call recognition apps.

To: 'Graeme Chapman' <>, "" <>
Subject: Bird call recognition apps.
From: Tony Russell <>
Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:31:31 +0000
I have never used any gadgets for recording birdsongs. Why don't you just go
out there and listen and learn them with the ears and brain that nature has
given you. You don't need any electronic mimicry. When I've been to new
areas the very first thing I've done has been to listen to a call then find
the bird. Then call it back yourself. Do this a couple of times and you've
got it. If you want to call up birds learn the calls and make them yourself.
It's just lazy to do anything else.

Tony, bird whisperer.

-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of
Graeme Chapman
Sent: 25 July 2016 09:05
Subject: Bird call recognition apps.

Hello Michael,

You can spend a fortune on recording gear or take my approach - have a look
at my website under Resources. Most important, you do need a good microphone
and windshield like the one I use. My information on recorders a somewhat
out of date now, although I have recently purchased an LS-14 that I find
quite good and I got it for about $200, but there is a good choice of
alternatives in the $2-400 range.

In regard to apps, both the Morcombe and Pizzey apps have most Australian
birds to listen to or play, just that they can't name any sound you have
recorded that you can't identify.

And don't forget, there is a lot of very good sound on my website for nearly
all the Australian passerines, plus some.

Personally if I was still vetting atlas records I wouldn't allow the use of
ID by App as a "heard" record. There are enough dodgy records already to
deal with and there is so little known about the repertoire of nearly all of
our birds that the concept is fraught with problems.

The biggest hurdle to be overcome in producing a sound app. that covers
every bird in Australia is that, even excluding vagrants, the recordings
probably don't even yet exist.


Graeme Chapman
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