Date: 6/20/20 6:05 pm
From: Paul Sullivan <paultsullivan...>
Subject: [obol] Re: [ADV] Helping others get on a good bird

I do understand your problem and have had the same experience. It’s hard to point out a bird on the sea and get other people on it. Or to get on a bird that someone else is seeing.

There is one solution I’ve thought of, that I dream of seeing implemented. You get a high quality scope with a binocular eyepiece. You put a TV camera on one eyepiece and put an expert sea-watcher in charge of the other eyepiece. That person controls where the scope is pointed. This camera is hooked up to a large, high-resolution TV screen. All this is housed in a kiosk sheltered from the weather.

This allows the expert to focus on seabirds and show them live to an audience of birders. You get to sit there and see the birds that only experts would otherwise see.

Paul Sullivan

From: <t4c1x...> [mailto:<t4c1x...>]
Sent: Saturday, June 20, 2020 3:04 PM
To: Paul Sullivan <paultsullivan...>
Cc: obol <obol...>
Subject: Re: [ADV] [obol] Helping others get on a good bird

Very good, Paul, but it begs a question. How do you apply this method to pelagic species seen from shore? I have found it is almost impossible to share with anybody the position of a bird in such situations, regardless of whether it was swimming or flying. Part of the difficulty is the differing perspective people have of distance. What might look like 100 yards to some people might be half a mile to others. Also the position of the bird relative to the position of the observer. I have generally used the, "It's at 10 o'clock" method, but again, perspective is a problem. And on a flying bird, it is almost useless. Many times birds fly close to the water, so they periodically go behind swells. 10 o'clock when you see the bird may well be 7 or 2 o'clock by the time it reappears. Any help, here?


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