A birder is someone who watches birds. The term birder is used interchangeably with bird watcher. However, there are people who believe these words have different meaning. Most people believe that a birder is someone who will normally go for a very long distance to watch birds; it is more of an adventure to them. Bird watchers on the other hand are believed to watch birds near their homes and sometimes in their back yards. Different people have different opinions about this. However, the terms basically mean the same thing. Birding is a very fun activity and can be quite exhilarating.
How to Become a Birder
Majority of the people who are involved in birding are passionate about watching birds and learning more about the different species for fun and research purposes. Birding is however a great hobby. It is an activity that will enable you to learn a lot and will also make you very adventurous. This is because as you continue, you will want to see more and more birds and to do that; you will need to travel to different locations.
There is no specific way of becoming a birder. With the right equipment, you can start bird watching in the simplest way possible. It is however advisable to join a person who has a lot of experience in bird watching. This is important because they are able to give you some tips on where to find the birds, how to use the field guide and they are able to share the experience with you.
Birding alone for the first time can be really boring especially if you do not know the different types of birds or what to look at. It is therefore important to get company from someone who is passionate and has been doing it for a while.
Equipment required for Birding
There are certain things you require to start birding. First and foremost, you need a pair of binoculars with high quality lenses. These are important because they make it possible for you to watch birds that are a distance away. The other things a birder needs are field guides, cameras and high quality lenses. A field guide is a simple guide for birders that has a number of pictures of different birds. When you see different birds, you can compare them with the pictures in your field guide in order to know which bird is which and what they are called.
It is very important to be careful when choosing binoculars. This is because there are different types of binoculars in the market. To make sure you have the best binoculars for you, there are several things you should consider.
First and foremost, you need to consider the price of the binoculars and your budget. You need to consider your budget because it enables you to narrow down your search to the binoculars that fall within your price range. You also need a pair that is easy to carry and is comfortable on your eyes. The comfort of the binoculars is mainly determined by how easy it is for you to see through the lens.
Last but not least, you need to consider how light the binoculars are. This is important because birding may involve long distance walking. You need to carry very light equipment in order to get far ad see as many birds as possible.
When it comes to field guides, there are two types. There is one that uses illustrations and drawings of birds to give you an idea of the type of birds and there is the one that uses drawings. Birders have different preferences when it comes to field guides. It is advisable to have a look at both types in order to decide which one among the two would work the best for you.
Field guides are normally found in book shops and are quite affordable. Another tip on choosing field guides is to choose depending on the side of the country you live. For instance, if you live on the eastern side, it is advisable to go for a field guide that has information on the eastern part only. This is important because it makes it easier for you to match the birds you see since most of them will be include in the guide.
Camera & Lenses
When choosing lenses and cameras, it is important to ensure you go for the best in the market. This is because you need high quality pictures in order to be able to identify the different birds you see and to make your experience even more enjoyable.
How to Find Birds
The great thing about birding is the fact that birds can be found anywhere all over the planet. Most people who are just starting out start by watching the birds from their back yard and as they get more experienced, they move to specific locations. It is important to start with places around your home, parks and other nearby places. The best places are where there are trees since birds are likely to be on trees since they rely on trees to build their nests.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary Kottayam, Kerala, India.
There is no correct location when it comes to bird watching. You simply need to go where the birds are. Places that have a lot of trees tend to have the most birds compared to those that do not. You can join a bird watching club or join a birder who has been doing it for a while. This will help you identify the different and best places to watch birds in your areas and will make it more fun for you.
Seasons are very important when you are a birder. This is because bird numbers are affected with changes in the seasons. During spring and fall, birds tend to migrate to different locations. In these seasons, you will be able to spot a large number of birds since they normally move in groups. In the winter, you will not be able to see as many birds since most of them migrate to other places.
The breeding season is another season where birds are not in large numbers. In this season, you can visit the birds’ nests but it is important to be very careful not to disturb the birds since this is a very important stage in their lifecycle. Again, having a friend who is an experienced birder will enable you to know where to find birds during different seasons.
Movies & Videos
One of the good movie which you can watch is “The Big Year”, It’s a very interesting movie and its about competition held every year in US for bird watching. The people who identify and mark the maximum number of birds in a year would win this competition. In this movie you can see top 3 stars fighting to win the Big Year. I liked this movie because for me who love birds, this is kind of interesting and adventurous.
Videos about Bird Watching
That’s all Folks, Enjoy good time watching birds. Its really worth it.