Saturday, October 10, 2015
Bird Watching Tips (part 1 of 2)
Bird watching is one of the fastest growing outdoor recreational activity. If you are one of those who are interested in this activity, there are some tips that would make this experience a notch higher.
For birdwatching newbies, identifying a bird can be challenging. Birds are active and fast moving animals and you need to spot as many details as possible in a short period of time. There are some tips that experienced bird watchers do to maximize the short and precious time for viewing.
Once a bird is immediately spotted, maximize every moment of seeing and observing the bird. Take note of its markings, movements, song, feeding habits and size, you can also start sketching things that catch your eye. Get the most out of the time that you that specie in front of you.
Birdwatching is more of a auditory activity. Birds are best identified by their vocalization compared to how they look like. Listening to a bird’s vocalization is simple but it’s also easy to forget. When identifying a certain song to a bird, notice the movement of the bill. This would make sure that the song is indeed coming from that specific bird.
Knowing or estimating the approximate size and shape will give many clues about the bird’s family. Begin with the bird’s appearance, overall. Also notice the body shape and the silhouettes. Also notice details in the head and the bill characteristics. After the head and the bill, notice the bird’s body, wings and tail. After observing the body, study the bird’s legs