[Tweeters] Laser pen redo

Hal Michael ucd880 at comcast.net
Sat May 25 07:14:23 PDT 2013

Hi all


I would echo what Joe said about use of the lasers in jungles.  The guides never shined it on the bird; generally only to within a foot or two.  They used it as a guide to get me looking in the right place. 

Hal Michael
Olympia WA
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Joe Mackie " < joemackie .14 at comcast.net>
To: "tweeters" <tweeters at u. washington . edu >
Sent: Saturday, May 25, 2013 5:48:40 AM
Subject: [Tweeters] Laser pen redo

Hello All,


I was a bit startled to awake this morning to such a mix of responses re: my inquiry about laser pens.


Please be assured I will not blind or otherwise injure or startle our dear avian friends. As several of you pointed out, the use of this tool has become more and more common. And it can be utilized judiciously and safely, i.e. never shined directly on the bird that’s being pointed out. I know that when birding in heavy, dense cover (i.e. jungle) this has helped immensely in locating birds I’d otherwise miss. Last year I was in the Manu region of Peru and our guide did not use this and I wondered why not. She had no problem using smart phone playback though.


Anyway, thanks for all the input. I’m off in minutes for birds of the Skagit , the Methow and points east.



Joe Mackie

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