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Sasol eBirds

Unread post by huntsman » Fri Dec 30, 2011 10:24 am

Hi All

Finally dipped into the - disappearing - coffers, and purchased this guide last night.

Any tips or comments on usage? I leave for KNP in 26 waking hours and with all the other preps, I'm wondering if there's time to work it out before I arrive...

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Re: Sasol eBirds

Unread post by huntsman » Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:17 pm

I'm going to be leaving earlier than planned, but perhaps I can figure the software out during the breaks en route...
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Re: Sasol eBirds

Unread post by mel123 » Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:04 am

Sorry, I also only just got it yesterday, so still figuring it out myself. I've spent about five minutes on it.
No tips, except it seems as if its going to be very useful.
Enjoy the trip! And be sure to post some tips here if you've used the programme a bit!

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Re: Sasol eBirds

Unread post by huntsman » Mon Jan 09, 2012 12:03 pm

Just returned from KNP and found the software worthwhile.

There are parts that I would change, but I doubt Sasol have any interest in my comments, so I'll stick to my impressions for other users...

I was able to correctly identify at least fifteen birds via their calls, and even managed to call up Black Headed Oriole and Red Crested Korhaan, who came over for a look. That made the purchase worthwhile already...

I wasn't convinced by the Burchell's Coucal call (neither was the bird) which might well be a variation, but if so, they should have stuck to the main calls for each bird, with a mating call also available.

Pictures are clear and the search function worked fine for me.

I didn't bother to record my sightings with the software as I am old school, and cannot comment on that feature.

Overall - glad I spent the dosh!
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Sasol eBirds App

Unread post by Panekoek » Wed Nov 28, 2012 2:21 pm

Hi All

I am new to birding and I need a good referencing tool for when Im in the field. Does anyone here use the Sasol eBirds app on android or Apple? Is it any good or should I just get a book? (Baring in mind that the app costs +- R240)
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Re: Sasol eBirds App

Unread post by wildtuinman » Wed Nov 28, 2012 2:38 pm

Hi Pannekoek,

I have the Sasol e-Birds on my Android phone. It is quite useful as it also provides calls of most species.
Not as good as the Roberts version but still worth the money.

I have the Roberts app on my Windows based phone as well as the Roberts software on my laptop.

I have a whole bunch of books as well. The more interested you become in birding the more books you are going to end up with. The app will never completely substitute a book. :wink:
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Re: Sasol eBirds App

Unread post by DavenJan » Wed Nov 28, 2012 2:45 pm

Have to agree with WTM :big_eyes:

Recently downloaded Sasol to my Android tablet, the grandkids love it, confusing the birds in the garden with the calls.

Also have Roberts on my laptop, has more drawings plus photos and videos. I am slowly building my personal list with my photos.

Lots of books too, have a special bag for them when we go out.

Does anyone know how I can move my Roberts to another laptop?
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Re: Sasol eBirds App

Unread post by Super Mongoose » Wed Nov 28, 2012 2:51 pm

Eish, thought I'm the only one with bags full of book when we go out...

I have the Sasol e-birds on my i-pad and its nice, but I found it not complete, missing quite a few birdies, maybe there will be an update soon.

But now I'm interested in the Roberts digital version and I know I will buy it before the end of the year.

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Re: Sasol eBirds App

Unread post by Imberbe » Wed Nov 28, 2012 3:52 pm

:hmz: So ... if I want to go for only one app (besides all the books), would you recommend rather spending the extra money on the Roberts?
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Re: Sasol eBirds App

Unread post by Ladybirder » Wed Nov 28, 2012 6:22 pm

I would defimitely recommend spenging the extra money for Roberts. All the photos are a big help

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Re: Sasol eBirds App

Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:32 am

The only problem is that the Android version for Roberts has not yet been released as far as I am aware.
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Re: Sasol eBirds App

Unread post by barryels » Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:49 am

DavenJan wrote:Does anyone know how I can move my Roberts to another laptop?


Hi DavenJan,

There is only one way and that is to actually un-install the program on your current laptop and then install it again on the other laptop. Go to control pannel and open (Windows 7). Then to Programs and Features and select Roberts and request for it to be un-installed. It is actually a shame that you cannot use the software on more than one laptop at a time. Had to buy two for me and Hilda to use at the same time :tongue: .
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Re: Sasol eBirds App

Unread post by DavenJan » Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:14 am

Thanks barryels,

Presumably that means that I would have to rebuild all my personal lists too.
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Re: Sasol eBirds App

Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:20 am

Dave, you should be able to back it up and then just restore it onto your new computer.
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Re: Sasol eBirds App

Unread post by Bushbuddies » Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:07 pm

Hi Panekoek! :yaya:

Panekoek wrote:I am new to birding and I need a good referencing tool for when Im in the field


I've got the Sasol eBirds app on my iPad and the Roberts on my laptop. And I'm not an expert birder looking for my 800th bird - I'm a bit more in the beginning stages of birding - so I think I understand what you are looking for. Firstly - you cannot really take the Roberts (with laptop and all) into the field... Secondly - the Roberts is very thorough - pictures, photos and even pictures of eggs and the like. But the Sasol eBirds has all the pictures you would get in a birdbook, and more. It has all the calls, distribution and times of year. And it can be found on your iPad, iPhone etc - much easier to carry with you.

I bought the Sasol eBirds a few months ago and as a beginner - I use it 10 times more often than the Roberts. It is quick and easy to access. It has most of the info I am interested in on it. You will NOT be disappointed! :thumbs_up:
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