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'Ticker' or 'Spaceman'?

Unread postby Tumble Weed » Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:43 am

When you head to the park, what is your aim?

Are you armed with checklists, pda's etc. and tick off every bird you see? Do you have a count of how many birds you've seen during the day, how many mammals etc. Are you obsessive about identifying the bird in the bush twenty yards off the road? Does it gnaw away at you if the guy next door gets more ticks than you? Generally these folk are highly alert. You can identify them by the lunge for the binoculars if there is a slight movement in a bush. There is always a checklist and guide book close at hand.

OR,

Do you take a drive without an aim, stop and enjoy the surroundings. You don't get concerned if you cannot identify the LBJ that just flitted from beneath that bush. You enjoy watching the sun set, and don't care that you did not see a lion that day. To you, it's just about being away from it all and enjoying the bush.
These folk are normally identified by the spaced out look they have. You'll see them parked next to the road, staring off into the distance at nothing in particular. They are content to just sit and watch the world go by.

So which one are you?

Me, definitely a 'spaceman'(but a reformed ticker)

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Re: 'Ticker' or 'Spaceman'?

Unread postby bert » Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:49 am

I start as a ticker but after a few hours become a spaceman

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Re: 'Ticker' or 'Spaceman'?

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:56 am

I'd be a Spaceticker, I think. :lol: I have all my guides ready, binoculars and camera never far away, update my birdlist as I go along. On the other hand I enjoy being in the bush, stopping at lookouts to enjoy the view, pulling into a loop for bush coffee, relaxing. Totally unconcerned if I didn't see the Big5 but mighty glad when I do! :dance: So yip, a bit of both.
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Re: 'Ticker' or 'Spaceman'?

Unread postby Timepilot » Tue Apr 07, 2009 9:01 am

Just call me "Major Tom" :wink: :lol:
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Re: 'Ticker' or 'Spaceman'?

Unread postby Scipio » Tue Apr 07, 2009 9:12 am

Spaceman, no doubt. Only wake up when I get home & download the pic's :wink:

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Re: 'Ticker' or 'Spaceman'?

Unread postby ndloti » Tue Apr 07, 2009 9:44 am

I am a Spaceman of 25 years standing .
KNP is sacred. I am opposed to the modernisation of Kruger and from the depths of my soul long for the Kruger of yesteryear! 1000+km on foot in KNP incl 56 wild trails.200+ nights in the wildernessndloti-indigenous name for serval.

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Re: 'Ticker' or 'Spaceman'?

Unread postby Tumble Weed » Tue Apr 07, 2009 10:09 am

Have you noticed that no-one has said 'ticker' yet.?

The reason being is that they are busy comparing lists in the Stiffneck thread :D :lol:

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Re: 'Ticker' or 'Spaceman'?

Unread postby saraf » Tue Apr 07, 2009 10:32 am

I'm with Bert, start off at the beginning of the holiday as a ticker and gradually become a spaceman.
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Re: 'Ticker' or 'Spaceman'?

Unread postby billyf » Tue Apr 07, 2009 10:38 am

I become totally "spaced out" the moment I drive through the gate :D
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Re: 'Ticker' or 'Spaceman'?

Unread postby DANKBAAR » Tue Apr 07, 2009 10:51 am

I'm 80% spaceman and 20% ticker.
I love the calmness of the bush, the total relaxing feeling you get from staring into millions of leaves,branches and spiderwebs. Then the world outside the park does not exist.
My plastic covered guide is always close by to tick off what we see during the day. At diner we would discuss the day's sightings and the guide is wiped clean. Tomorrow we start with a clean page and the wonder of what the new day with bring.
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Re: 'Ticker' or 'Spaceman'?

Unread postby Mags » Tue Apr 07, 2009 11:00 am

We're the same as Guinea Pig - a Spaceticker. We do all the same things. All the books, pencils, binoc's and camera's are everywhere - ready to grab when needed. I also must agree with DANKBAAR. Life outside the bush doesn't exist once we're through those gates. Even have a hard time to remember what day/date it is. :huh:

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Re: 'Ticker' or 'Spaceman'?

Unread postby droopy » Tue Apr 07, 2009 12:02 pm

I would say both, will do the ticking and always have by binocs, camera and video cam ready (for my TR :tongue: ), but love the bush. Hubby and I always put the engine off under a tree with nothing in sight and just listen what natures brings forward. And believe it or not, by doing this, sometimes natures comes to you, you don't even have to look for it. :D
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Re: 'Ticker' or 'Spaceman'?

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Apr 07, 2009 12:04 pm

I used to be a serious ticker but also have fallen into more the realms of spaceman now, in fact my job of ticker has fallen to Jock or other members of the family as I tended to neglect my duties badly. :? :lol:
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Re: 'Ticker' or 'Spaceman'?

Unread postby DuQues » Tue Apr 07, 2009 12:27 pm

Spaceticker!

I don't mind to see the little LBJ fly away, as I'll have made a photo of it, and later <smiley looking around> at work work my way through my photos, which includes ticking.

So I'm enjoying myself twice. 8)
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Re: 'Ticker' or 'Spaceman'?

Unread postby cel » Tue Apr 07, 2009 5:10 pm

Definitaly a 'spaceticker'!!! And proud if it! Would not let a chance go by without ticking of a new bird species...but I CAN and LOVE switching the engine off at a waterhole, close my eyes and just listen..... :pray:
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