Subject: [Tweeters] Giving thanks for The binocular tribe
Date: Nov 28 10:20:58 2011
From: Rob Sandelin - nwnature1 at

Ruth Sullivan's thanks giving reminds me of a time, many years ago, I was
in a wild and swampy place on the Island of Dominica looking for a rare
parakeet. I was alone, and it had been a 5 hour muddy scramble to find the
particular swamp. I spent a couple hours having no luck and then suddenly I
came across a pair of desperate looking characters in Camo. Miles from
nowhere, alone in a foreign country I was suddenly very nervous, even
scared. Then I saw their binoculars and relaxed. They were Brits out
looking for the same bird and we chatted about birds the whole way back. I
realized that I am part of a large world wide tribe, the binocular tribe and
we even have our own ritual tribal greeting...."Seen any good birds?"

Thanks to my tribe for all the great days outside, to modify an old saying
of my dads, A bad day out birding beats a good day in the office.

Rob Sandelin
Naturalist, Writer, Teacher