Tech birding

I finally bit the bullet and subscribed to HBW Alive.  So now, in theory, every plate, every citation, and all the data that made Lynx Ediciones bible of birdlife so good is available in the field on my phone (4G connection notwithstanding...)

I have around half the books, and the non-passerine volumes (published from the late 90s) are starting to show their age, taxonomically. And while they're beautiful, they're expensive at about $240 a pop.

Case in point, look at the splits across these families since their respective volumes were published....

So, I'm now trying to use the HBW Alive data and plates to link in with Xeno Canto and Cornell's neotropical birds to make my own virtual guide to the birds of Argentina.

It's not going to be as nice as Mark Pearman's new book. But they're still working on that and the publishing date is a couple of years out.

Now if all this was available offline, you'd never need another fieldguide.... Just a few gigabytes of memory ;)

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I work in NYC and own a wildlife and wilderness agency specializing in the southern cone of South America. I still do some guiding down there, especially looking for Fuegian and Patagonian avifauna. I'm particularly interested in the wintering ecology of neotropical migrants, and in avian biogeography in general. You can follow me at - @domhall And find me at - AventuraArgentina.com