8 Tips For Bird Watching And Photography

Ever thought of going on a walk, watch birds and click them ? If you are one among those who want to wander around and observe birds then here’s a guide that would help you develop the skills of bird watching & photography. Happy Birding!! 🙂

1. Binoculars And Camera

Your interest and enjoyment of bird watching depends hugely on how the birds look through your binoculars. So it is important to buy a right pair of binoculars and use them the right way by making adjustments each time you go for birding. While those who like bird photography, a camera with appropriate focal length should be used to click birds without disturbing them.

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2. Field Guide

You should use a good field guide to familiarize yourself with the different families of birds and their sub groups.  A field guide is a book with pictures of the birds and tips for identifying them. The guide would help you watch and click photographs of birds with better knowledge about their characteristics.

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3. Listen To Bird Calls & Songs

Bird calls and songs are one of the best mechanisms to identify birds and locate them. It takes time and patience to understand and differ among various sounds of birds. A bird photographer can easily locate and click various birds at a distance by undersatanding their songs. This is one skill that birders & bird photographers should develop.

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4Characteristics Of Birds

Once you are out for bird-watching you should follow a step-wise approach. Begin with asssessment of size and shape of birds and then go into details like colour pattern, distinctive stripes, eye arcs or rings, tails, legs, etc.  After determing the overall appearance you should try to understand the behaviour patterns and feeding habits of birds.

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5. Flight Patterns

A birdwatcher should observe the way a bird walks, how it holds its tail, or how it jumps from branch to branch. If it flies off, you should also watch for a pattern of its flight, the way it glides or swoops in air. A clear understanding of flight patterns of birds would also help photographers to take the best shot of flying birds.

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6. Habitat, Region And Climate

Make note of the habitat or region in which you have observed the bird. Each species of bird has a typical region that they inhabit. Also, birds migrate to different places throughout the year due to change in sesasons. Such observations can help you narrow down the possibilities when you locate a bird.

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7. Try A Birding Tour 

You can also gain knowledge and enhance your bird-watching and photography skills by taking birding tours with a group of birdwatchers and photographers at various parks and sanctuaries.

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8. Record Your Bird Sightings
You might want to keep a diary or a list of the birds you have seen.  After viewing and clicking the birds, you can jot down your observations for later reference. From markings to behavior, write down anything you noticed, it can all help when you later sit down with a field guide to confirm the bird’s species.  Also, note the location, date, time of day of the siting.
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