IMHO <grin>, this whole elitist non-field-guide-user attitude was first brought to light in Bill Oddie's LBBB, where he stated in as many words what has been hinted here - carrying a field guide was frowned upon because it demonstrated one's ignorance, and 'real' birders should make notes and id the unknown bird when they get home.
My view FWIW is that this is a load of dingoes' kidneys, and the more people who can discuss the bird, and check it out from the book while it's still in view the better. If you're with a group, try to have a variety of guides with you, because they all have something to contribute to thorny id problems.
PS No sneaky nipping outside the hide, looking it up, then coming back and confidently id-ing it as though you're an expert !
When in Danger or in Doubt -
Run in circles, scream and shout.
Last edited by T0ny : Wednesday 8th January 2003 at 21:37.