Birding

Birding in a Peru Cloud Forest, I'm third person from left, hatless

Birding in a Peru Cloud Forest, I’m fourth person from left, hatless

I have been birdwatching for 25+ years, but I caught a casual interest from my father long before that. What I love most about it is being out in nature during all seasons and making friends with all creatures.

 

My partner and I share this hobby together, and it’s been an entertaining base for our 28 years together.  We started birding in California, then ventured to other states, and after that the world was our vista.

 

Me in Kakadu Nat'l Park, Australia. 108 degrees F.

Me in Kakadu Nat’l Park, Australia. 108 degrees F.

Birding has also strengthened my travel destinations in a way I never expected.  I get very specific about where I want to go; an important part of successful travel experiences.  Yes, Amsterdam is terrific, a spot of London fills me up too, but seeing the male frigatebird during breeding with his red pouch inflated…that’s where I want to be.

 

Southern Cassowary, Queensland, Australia

Southern Cassowary, Queensland, Australia

I’ve met some incredible people through birding.  Local guides are a fascinating way to learn about people around the world.  To share lunch on a log with a Kenyan as he tells you about his son’s school day, or to prowl in an Australian rainforest as the guide mutters about his failing torch…to me this is what life is all about.

 

I keep a Life List of all the birds I have seen in this world.  I record the first siting, place and date; process the data on birding software.  This Life List, an accumulation of 2,000+ different bird species, is a pleasant reminder of beautiful days in the field, and remarkable birds I have had the joy to observe.

 

With 10,000 birds on this planet, there is never a dull moment.

Male frigatebird, Galapagos

Male frigatebird, Galapagos

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15 thoughts on “Birding

  1. Hi Jet, thanks for introducing yourself by following our site. We clearly have a lot in common and we look forward to exploring yours. If you’re on facebook we invite you to visit the RAXA Collective page. See you there– and happy new year!

    • I am delighted you enjoyed it, and appreciate your visit and comment. I’m glad to know of your birding site and look forward to hearing about your adventures. So much to see and hear! 😀

    • Thanks so much, Bertie! I read it in the NY Times last week and was delighted that the one bird got so much attention. I am a really big fan of the NYT, but I must say, this Audubon link gets top score for that beautiful photo. How very kind of you to think of me. Painted buntings are so amazing, aren’t they? 😀

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