18 comments on “Frustrations of Birding vs the Joys of Birdwatching

  1. Great article and one that makes you pause and think! I really liked your comment about being a birder means you have things under control. For me it’s a constant struggle to keep the “addiction” under control lol. I consider myself a birder, not a twitcher… but sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in really wanting to see a particular species.

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    • Thanks for your honest comment Laura, it is difficult at times to keep it under control, but the main thing I find is to ask at what cost to myself and others, and whether I am doing it for enjoyment or I am being driven by the adrenaline of the addictive thrill. But true when a new or unusual species is within our reach it is very hard to ignore it:-)

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  2. Great post, Ashley! I immediately tried to figure out ‘what I am’, lol. I am a recreational birder too, and I like to keep track of a list of all the birds I’ve photographed in the wild. I follow a couple ‘bird alerts’ to see what others might be sighting in the area I’m in, but I haven’t got enough gumption to jump and drive to see for myself, lol. I like the thrill of meandering somewhere for the peace and serenity of nature with hopes I spot and capture just one of our Creator’s beautiful birds or wildlife. He has provided me numerous times photo ops that I still cannot believe. 🙂

    You shared so many gorgeous photos this post. I love reflections, and get very excited if I see still water and a bird, lol. And if there’s no bird, I’ll try to capture a reflection of what is provided. There’s always an interesting capture to be had with a reflection!

    I really really loved that last photo of the Brolga full body profile and the flowers in the background. That is one huge, gorgeous bird!

    Happy 2017 birding, I’m always excited to view your posts of the many birds that I will never see in person myself, so I thank you now and in advance on your future sightings and shares, my friend!

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    • Thanks so much Donna for sharing, we are very much kindred hearts and my wife and I share your excitement in discovery as our Creator places gifts for us along our birding way. I occasionally look at bird alerts also and they can lead me to new birding areas. Yes the Brolga is large bird and looks very similar to the Sarus Crane. The Jabaru or Black-necked Stork is the other large bird found in a similar region of tropical northern Australia. The greatest sight is to capture the Brolga dancing, somewhat like the Flamingo I guess, though I have never seen Brolga dance. Have a great week my friend, we are sweltering in 94+°F heatwaves, so there is barely a bird to be seen, but the exhausted ones washing in my birdbath..

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  3. A delightful post, Ashley! I didn’t even know there were Twitchers. I have to see the film! I am definitely a “wildlife watcher” and since birds are the most accessible species here at home, I am mostly a bird watcher. I am happy for the gifts I find, with no goals for “lifers” etc. I just enjoy the marvelous creation displayed in nature in general. I am also involved in conserving wildlife, mostly as a supporter but I also participate in research projects on occasion. Right now I am most interested in understanding and learning more about non-migratory Ospreys, no surprise there 🙂 Your photos and videos here have given me enjoyment of nature and bird-life, thank you for that my friend.

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    • Thanks Tiny for your honest assessment, afterall for all of us it is the appreciation and enjoyment we experience from observing these creation wonders that delights us so much and acts as a therapy to balance out our very human orientated, fast paced lifestyles. I do enjoy the birds you share from the salt marsh and your story telling gift. Have a restful and enjoyable weekend my friend.

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  4. I really enjoyed this post. While it was very informative in describing the field of birding, it was so heartfelt in your experiences and stories. I alway love your videos and looking back through time gave you some surprises you missed earlier. No apologies needed for the lack of new material, even if we saw some of these beautiful images before, they are always worth seeing again. Yes, it does weigh on some family and finding a balance is most desired. At least you have a partner that includes birding in your holidays. My husband has 0 interest in birding or photography or vacations.

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    • Thanks so much Donna for your very thoughtful and understanding comment. Yes, having a partner who loves birding also is a plus, but she pulls me back sometimes when I start to ‘twitch’:-) I am glad I respond to her feelings. Thankfully, we had a wonderful day yesterday out on the reef which has given us new material for my next post. Thanks again Donna, your comments and your own posts are most appreciated my friend.

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    • Thanks Sue, yes I thought the sightings page a good inclusion, especially since I am meeting so many more new birders visiting our area, and birding tourists from USA, Canada, NZ and Britain. As more local birders follow my blog it helps them and it helps me also to track where the birds are found for reference.

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  5. I think we’ve all been there. The challenge to balance enjoying the birds and finding that just one more fo the record.

    I’m a photographer who works with birds. Species: not important, rareity not essential, not on my list- I don’t keep lists. I do it for the enjoyment of the character and quality of the bird. Give me fine light, a co-operative bird and I’ll like as not spend all day there, or at least until the bird gets bored and moves on.

    Beaut set of refections poses, but I realy like the Tern on the water. Ace.
    We had serveral thousand Magpie Geese come and go in a few days earlier in the year, and even at a high altitude the astonishing noise of their wing beats did leave one a bit breathless. But, they are gone now.

    Great to share your thoughts and feel on the wonders of the world around us. It sometimes just takes the reminder to stop and enjoy the moment.

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    • Thanks David, yes that Tern shot was one of my best, it was a surprise to see what a stichless mix it was. It is great that we each have such diverse and beautiful appreciations of Creation in its different forms, and our birds are our specialty. I love viewing your blog because of the unique way you present it, and more so because of the labour of love and hours of pursuit that make your captures so great. Yes it is the worshipful enjoyment that we get. I have come to believe that God enjoys us enjoying his handiwork, and appreciating his artistry.

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