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iPhone/BB/android Birding, Tracking etc App

Unread postby icurrie » Mon Jan 11, 2010 2:24 pm

Hi there

I've got the Roberts Bird book on my PDA but the PDA has now gone kaput ... :evil: (think I was playing too much solitaire on it and killed the screen :roll: )

Does anyone klnow if there are any SA Birding and Animal Tracks Apps for an Iphone or Blackberry? Russ and I have searched the internet and haven't been able to find any but given the vast array of Apps out there we may have missed them!! (found a birding one which appears to be from the USA and we can't work out if it has USA birds or regional birds as it was also on a SA website ...... :doh: )

Hope there is someone out there who can give two confused forumites a helping hand :D
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Re: Iphone Birding, Tracking etc Apps??

Unread postby acekam » Wed Jan 13, 2010 12:31 am

In the UK Itunes store is a Sasol ebirds of Southern Africa for £17.99. No idea what its like, though, and there are not yet any customer reviews.

I met a keen birder in the US who had an Iphone app for US birds and he swore by it.

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Re: Iphone Birding, Tracking etc Apps??

Unread postby saraf » Sun Jan 24, 2010 10:50 am

We've got the SASOL SA Birds on our iPhone and it's almost like the one on the PDA. The only difference is that you can't download your lists like you can with the PDA so if you remove the app your lists are gone (gives a warning about this). It says that the ability to download lists is coming but I don't know if that will be a free upgrade or not.
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Unread postby BenzoV » Mon Jun 27, 2011 5:31 pm

Not sure if this has been mentioned before, or if there is a similar thread, or even if someone on this forum developed it, but I found a free app that seems like fun, called "sightings tracker". Anyone with experience using it, or is there something better.

Basically it gives a list of all birds and animals found in kruger, and once you sight any of them, you can easily mark the sighting on a map and add comments etc.

I'm quite new to this technology, so please share your favourite kruger apps!

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Re: Android app

Unread postby BenzoV » Tue Jun 28, 2011 9:22 pm

I just needed to mention that ALL KNP animals are not listed in this app, and those that are only includes mammals. I didn't count them 1 by 1, but it seems like there are about 44 animals listed. Most animals that are larger than a hare seems to be there, but I just noticed...no Caracal or Wild cat :big_eyes:

Here is a link to the app's info: https://market.android.com/details?id=z ... rch_result

So apparently there are over 900 birds listed, and covers most of the birds found in Southern Africa, so if it's birds you are after Bush Baptist, then this will work for you too.

The other cool thing about this app is that if you click and hold on an animal or bird, it automatically opens up a wikipedia link that gives more information on the creature you just beheld. Of course you need internet coverage for this feature, but can be nice for campfire discussions.

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Re: Android app

Unread postby BenzoV » Tue Jun 28, 2011 9:28 pm

Another app that seems great, but comes at a price is the Sasol ebirds app. It seems to be an electronic version of the traditional printed field guide, but it includes additional features like bird calls for over 600 birds. It's just over R200 and I think well worth it just for the bird calls even.

I might buy it soon and will give a report ASAP.

Here is the link: https://market.android.com/details?id=c ... rch_result

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Re: Android app

Unread postby mitch » Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:03 am

It seems to only work with Android phones, such as HTC.
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Re: Android app

Unread postby DuQues » Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:10 am

That is not going to work. A BB is not an Android phone, and as such is not registered at Google as a device. The BB does actually not even run Linux.
For the same reason I can not even try it on my Nokia, which does run Linux.
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Re: Android app

Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:16 pm

I am going to move this topic to the Recommended Reading forum and merge it with a topic there. link

I find this topic really interesting. I would love to hear from anyone who has the Sasol eBirds app for android.

Any other apps out there that can be used/will be useful on iphone, androids etc when travelling to SANParks?
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Re: Iphone Birding, Tracking etc Apps??

Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:21 pm

saraf wrote:We've got the SASOL SA Birds on our iPhone and it's almost like the one on the PDA. The only difference is that you can't download your lists like you can with the PDA so if you remove the app your lists are gone (gives a warning about this). It says that the ability to download lists is coming but I don't know if that will be a free upgrade or not.
I have used the Sasol eBirds on my PDA for years and love it, particularly being able to log my birds. I now would like to buy the app for my android phone.

Has there been an upgrade that anyone knows of to enable one to download one's lists?
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Re: iPhone/BB/android Birding, Tracking etc App

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:25 pm

Edit: Sorry, I didn't read DB's post correctly. The version I have on my phone doesn't seem to support exporting. I did receive an email at the end of August with a notice of an upgrade coming soon. I haven't received anything more, or heard anything.
In any case, I prefer to use a separate app for logging (sometimes a pen and paper :P )

DB, I had the Sasol app on my old Windows Mobile phone. The Android version is much better and a lot more useable. I definitely recommend it. I think its reasonably priced too.

There's another sightings app I've used called Konkoit, but I'm not too convinced about it yet. I think its developed in SA (they had a stand at the Bird and Birding Fair). I don't use it too often.

What I'd really like is a Cybertracker-like app for Android, which allows you to create custom flows and screens.
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Re: iPhone/BB/android Birding, Tracking etc App

Unread postby ossendryver » Mon Nov 21, 2011 2:29 pm

Hi
Here are the links to the sasol bird app on itunes:
Sasol eBirds of Southern Africa
http://itunes.apple.com/za/app/sasol-eb ... 05031?mt=8
I have it and it is great.
it wonderful being able to search by colour and size etc..
I would recommend it to everybody

Heres a link to mammals guide of Africa its great has every mammal found in Africa on itunes:
The Kingdon Guide to African Mammals
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-king ... 01877?mt=8
I haven't got this one but i would really want to get it as it looks very useful

Nature Parks - Kruger National Park Travel App
it $9.99 so its a bit expensive
http://itunes.apple.com/za/app/nature-p ... 28928?mt=8

Kruger NP: Free
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kruger-n ... 10058?mt=8
I have it and its great you have all the info on it and even the sanparks webcams
I would really recommend it

All Game reserves of South africa:
http://www.mhiko.com.au/applications
Looks great but i don't have it

I hope this helps!!

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Re: iPhone/BB/android Birding, Tracking etc App

Unread postby ecojunkie » Mon Nov 21, 2011 4:32 pm

Just got the HTC Chacha which is android based. Having a struggle getting used to it......but any useful apps I could look for?
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Re: iPhone/BB/android Birding, Tracking etc App

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:46 am

ej, Google Night Sky, which you probably have already. Sasol eBirds is great.
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Re: iPhone/BB/android Birding, Tracking etc App

Unread postby ecojunkie » Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:49 pm

Yes got the night sky program - free nogal! It seemed to work last night - but it was too cloudy to see any stars.....
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