I once heard a fellow birwatcher describe her late husband as “mad for it”. Ornithology effects some of us that way. Birders are not known for their dress sense or their chattey disposition. If you happen across another enthusiast in the bush and it’s usually a nod instead of a gidday!
Before I went on my first field trip I made sure I got the terminology right – it’s birding. (Birdwatching is just about acceptable but bird spotting is a no no.) Twitching is for the real crazies – it’s about constantly being on edge (hence the name) for the next report of a rare bird to come in. The twitcher is ready-clothed, scope in hand, waiting to dash out that door and charge to the sighting with reckless abandon.
One of my 2016 New Year’s resolutions was to submit a bird list every day for the year. I have started off to a little shakey, but its only early days.
My Life List: 332 Species