Saturday, October 10, 2015

All About Bird Watching (part 1 of 2)

Bird watching  (birdwatching) or also known as birding is the observation and study of birds with the naked eye or with the use of binoculars.  Birding also includes the auditory component, since birds can be easily and readily detected using the ear than the eye.  Most people follow birdwatching as hobby.

Birdwatching can be traced back as early as the Victorian Era in Britain when the study of birds and natural history became fashionable.  Collectors would collect eggs, skins and feathers from different colonies.  But in the 1800s there was popular call for the protection of birds, this led to the observation on living birds.

Meanwhile in the United States,  as early as 1889 there is already a field guide written by Florence Bailey entitled Birds Through an Opera Glass.  In the early and mid-20th century, the focus of bird watching in the United States was in the eastern seaboard region.

Currently, not only are there local birdwatching guides, there are already global guides.  The availability of air travel enable hobbyist and serious birdwatchers to travel different places and observe wild birds in their natural habitat.  Birding can also be done in your own backyard or the local park.

Birding also includes taking precise note of the minute details that distinguish one specie from the others, and mastering the skills of identifying characteristics for documentation as well as contribution to the body of knowledge regarding winged creatures.  This means sitting for hours, frequently crouched and hidden in true bird watcher stance.

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