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8 practical learning tips for birding by impression (jizz)

Some practical keys of the book "Learning how to identify birds by impression". 1. The active participation of the observer is required: The observer must be involved. The observer must learn to operate variables and stages, to write evaluative sentences, to practice the field and cabinet exercises and to acquire basic information. Although an intense participation of the observer in the learning period is required, the prize is great both in the saving of the long time it takes to acquire the status of expert identifier and in having a holistic view of the birds. If you insist you can acquire the identification by jizz in a few months, which will allow you to take good field data and improve its efficiency in a short time, compared to the classic way of prioritizing plumage. 2. Are the field exercises during the learning phase done after learning to operate each variable or at the end of each stage?: A stage groups variables of the same nature. It is preferable to go to the …


Although many people have expressed, some with true enthusiasm, the advantages of the method of identification birds by impression that represents for their work, such as scientific projects, natural spaces management, consulting, teaching, dissemination or hobby, another group of people has expressed doubts, or has requested more information, regarding some link in the chain of reasoning or about its application in some specific cases.

Some questions that the observer asks about the conscious and regulated learning of the ID by jizz
How does the method to identify birds by jizz work? Why identify birds by jizz ?, How does it benefit me according to my profession and experience? What do I get? Does it require a lot of preparation? Does it take a lot of effort? It takes a lot of time? Does it require a lot of prior knowledge? I need a teacher? Can I do it self-taught? Can I apply it to all kinds of birds? Can I apply the method to other animals? Can I apply that method to my profession? …


The gestation of the method When I started writing the book, in my mind there was no other idea than to find a method, as simple as possible, that would allow the observer to acquire the skill of the Birding by impression (jizz) in a reasonable time, and not in the long years that are needed if identification is used via plumage, (see article 3 conscious and unconscious). When I wrote the book, I had no idea what the dynamics of the method would be like, even though its structure did have it. The necessary elements and the way to operate them were emerging little by little from observations, ideas, readings, trial and error. Naturally the method had to be scientifically consistent and it had to work! And he did.

How does Birding by impression work? It starts, from the operation of images observed in the field, the subconscious memory, much more stable and faster than the cortical memory, which is what the brain uses after a classical scientific analysis. In this way, jizz improves the e…

Birding by impression: Here is how this process works.

The correct use of learning properties of the right side of the brain allows the observer to acquire a skill prior to the proper birding by impression: the generation of impressions of the bird’s variables, located in that hemisphere. Here is how this process works.
The right side of the brain The same information that reaches the brain is treated by each hemisphere in a different way. A speaker of a sports competition translates the images of the match into a passionate speech, using an evaluative language and the properties of the right side of the brain. Meanwhile, the left hemisphere analyses the game, infers strategies, gives names and interprets statistics.

Each hemisphere has a different way of processing information, of thinking. The left hemisphere expresses, analyses, creates symbols, abstracts, estimates, sequences time and draws linear, objective and verifiable, logical conclusions, based on experience. As it is verbal, it analyses an object and gives a name to it using words…

The right side of the brain and the birding by impression

Works of Dunne, Karlson, Rosselet, Blomdhal, Breife, Holstrom and Jodra confirm the great performances and achievements of the conscious ID by impression, although the development of this technology for its learning is an exclusive responsibility of the author of this book. Karlson, observer by plumage at the start of his career, now expert in identification by impression, says: “after using this ID approach for several years, we have found our field skills increasing dramatically” (Karlson and Rosselet, 2015). Karlson discovered that his skills as a bird-watcher in the field multiplied through identifying by impression.
Additionally, the impact of right side of the brain learning gains daily support in many other professional fields; learning to write, drawing and even golf, among others, have developed learning technologies that involve the right side of the brain.
Impression, the right side of the brain, wins. Daniel H Pink (2016), an expert in the field of motivation in work, ensure…

Birding by impression unconscious vs conscious BBI

Non conscious procedure It has been seen that an observer who identifies through plumage acquires the status of expert bird identification by jizz after many years of practice. Paterson (2000), an important author of the seabirds of Spain and Portugal, with many years of experience through plumage, says that “…even after decades of observation... The knowledge base is built slowly... To be an expert observer takes time”. This is so because the true identification does not occur in most cases through plumage, but through evaluation of the holistic variables that the observer by plumage continuously and subconsciously incorporates, and acquires after long years of observation. The great David Sibley, a seasoned American ornithologist, pioneer and editor of excellent bird guides, stated in 2005 that "bird identification is based in most cases on a kind of subjective impression caused by the way the bird moves, as well as by the succession of instantaneous appearances from different an…

Birding by impression History

1. About the Identification by Impression (Jizz) have speaking from the 50´s. Already, in the famous guide of Peterson, Mounfort and Hollom, its existence was signing up. Was known that it skill that the expert ornithologists were possessing, acquired in an empirical way after years of practice, was without comprising well the causes of the phenomenon and, much less, planning a method for its acquisition.

2. In the 90´s, Hume, R. published “Birds by character”, an identification Guide by impression, whith illustrations including behavior and estructure. The ilustrator was Wallace, I., current director of the british RSPB. It is a delightful bird guide but its functioning is like the common guides, comparing illustrations with wild birds, in this case also with illustrations of its structure and behavior. On having acted like a Guide, it does not present a structured and systematical method to operate variables with evaluative language, the way to generate impressions.

3. Gladwell, M. in…

Presentation of the book "Learning how to identify birds by impression".

Learning how to identify birds by impression is a theoretical-practical book, which allows the observer to identify birds by impression, after carrying out the practical exercises that it proposes. This book is not a bird guide, but a method for identifying wild birds. The book is composed of two parts: the first one, theoretical, deals with impressions, how they are born and what the result of their operation is. The second part, practical, teaches how to operate the variables and thus generate impressions, through the combination of field and at desk exercises. With practice, the observer will experience birding by impression.
The method is based in the acquisition of a familiarisation to the bird and its environment and, for that, it uses holistic variables that include in addition to plumage, ecology, structure and behaviour. Familiarisation is obtained through the generation of own impressions of the right side of the brain (Karlson K and Rosselet D, 2015), induced after the opera…

Descripción del libro

Aprender a identificar aves por impresión, es un libro eminentemente práctico que, tras la realización de los ejercicios que propone, el observador queda capacitado para la identificación de aves por impresión. Este libro no es pues una guía de aves, sino que desarrolla un método de identificación de aves silvestres.         El método se basa en adquirir una familiarización de conjunto del ave y su entorno y, por ello, utiliza variables holísticas que incluyen además del plumaje, la ecología, la estructura y el comportamiento. La familiarización se obtiene mediante la generación de impresiones propias del lado derecho del cerebro (Karlson K y Rosselet D, 2015), que se generan tras la operación de dichas variables. Las impresiones se alojan en la veloz memoria subconsciente que, permite una recuperación instantánea de la imagen asociada al nombre del ave que generó la impresión.         Las operaciones de variables son la evaluación, la síntesis y la comparación de las variables holístic…