A Bird Watching Trip
I love birds. One of the most pleasant outdoor activities which usually fascinate me is watching birds. I have traveled to various places to watch birds since my youth days. There are a lot of things that you have to organize while planning for a bird watching trip. There are times that I just have to observe other bird watchers so that I can gain more experience on how to spot and identify various birds or where they go to watch birds.
The first step in preparing for such a trip is to identify a good birding area. The best thing is that there are several reserve areas which have been designated for birding by various institutions in different countries. All you need is to gather information about the various species of birds in the area that you intend to visit. You need to be careful in selecting the regions because you want a lifetime experience.
Recently, I went to Lake Nakuru to watch Flamingoes. There were literally thousands of pink flamingos. I was in the company of my mother who had just recovered from a breast cancer surgery and treatment. She had been depressed by the treatment and a long stay at home and I felt that by taking her to a vacation, I could try lift her spirits up. It was one of the most awesome adventures and I could feel that she was delighted by the scenic sight of the flamingos.
Preparing for a Bird Watching Adventure
When you want to undertake such an adventure the first key is to plan. I researched for the best place that I could go bird watching and during the search, I came across Lake Nakuru. The best time to visit the place is in January or February, when there are thousands of them. There were some feeding, nesting perching etc. the sight was a beautiful one.
The there is the need to prepare the necessary gear that you will need for the adventure. You need some binoculars for watching the birds. Although for the case of flamingos or other big wading birds, binoculars may not be necessary. You will also need a good camera to take pictures, a spotting scope, maybe a bird checklist if you are going to a place where there various species of birds. Plot your route if you will be going to a vast area so that you can know where to spot various birds.
You must also prepare for the weather. A good knowledge of the weather pattern of the area is necessary to enable you prepare for the adventure. Wear the right outdoor clothes and boots. Also you need to ensure that you pack some personal effects which will be needed according to the number of days that you plan to adventure. Carry enough water for drinking. Good knowledge of hotels or cafeteria in the area is also of importance to help you replenish you stock that you need or to find a place to rest. Sometimes it is also good to carry along a GPS device in case the area is vast. You want to find your way back in case you get lost.
Other personal gear such as sunscreen or sunglasses, maybe a raincoat, survival kit, first aid kit etc may also be required according to the terrain and the weather of the place. It is also good to let someone know that you are going in case of any emergency.
When you get where you are going, it is time to enjoy the adventure. Mingle with other bird watchers who may have more experience so that you can learn a trick or two. Enjoy yourself but ensure that you protect the species and take care of the environment.
Previously, this website was owned by Doncaster and District Ornithological Society (DODOS) which was an organization based in Doncaster UK. The organization was dedicated to studying, documenting and conserving Doncaster’s wild birds. I’ve decided to bring this website back to life and I will be publishing interesting posts about bird watching trips. Already there are several posts that I’ve published and you can access them by clicking through various posts below.