Actually, I am quite flattered. It may not come as a surprise to those of you who know me that I am not a subscriber to the Wall Street Journal On-Line. Those of you who are, however, or who have a copy of the print edition, might wish to read Page One for this day February 26th, 2007 entitled :"Why Birdwatchers Now carry iPods and Laser Pointers" for which I was interviewed and in which an entire paragraph is devoted to why this particular birdwatcher doesn't.
Reporter Andrew LaVallee very kindly contacted me after coming across this blog and my post The Casual Twitcher, which he felt expressed a different take on the technological revolution underway in the hobby which might add to the article he was writing. He thoughtfully provided me with a link to the complete article, in which I was delighted to read the following:
"For me, it's much more about the simple joys of discovery. I appreciate what technology can do, but I don't want the distraction, and I don't want a barrier," says Tim Abbott, a 38-year-old birder in North Canaan, Conn., who confines himself to binoculars. "I don't want to spend all my time wishing I could recharge my computer so I could get the bird atlas going."
Yes, I did say that, and it is a true reflection of one who is not a Luddite but neither a Gearhead and learned to bird in Africa where charging up the laptop, let alone keeping sand out of it or keeping it from being stolen, was a considerable challenge best dispensed with.
I'm not sure how long this link will work, but you can read the whole thing here.