Why birds?

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by Gunnar Engblom on November 6, 2012

How to start birding – intro 5. Why birds?

While digital photography allows us to shoot all types of nature and it is in fact easier to shoot bugs and plants than birds, it is still birds which stand out as most popular among nature watching.  Perhaps because it is possible to put a name on practically every bird you would photograph.  The literature available for identification is complete for birds, while for plants or bugs either the share numbers of species are not manageable, the identification from photos not straight-forward or the literature incomplete or hard to get access to.  Birds come in manageable numbers and can quite safely be identified to species.

Field guides for the beginner birder. Photo: USFWS Mountain-Prairie

Perhaps is it also the fascination people have for birds. Birds occupy every niche on the planet, birds are beautiful, birds represent hope, and birds accompany and give flavor to the changes of the seasons.  Birds represent freedom and we envy their ability to fly. Birds come in fascinating shapes and forms: From Hummingbirds to Penguins.  From Albatrosses to Warblers. (…click for a  larger image…)

Annas Hummingbird (Danny Perez), Emperor Penguin (Anne Froehlich), Bullers Albatross (Duncan - Angry Sunbird), Masked Yellowthroat (Nathas)

Taking all this into account, is there any wonder that birding is the part of nature watching which is most attractive to new adepts.  It is also a hobby you can bring with you anywhere in the world. Wherever you are there are always birds to see.

Top Photo: House Sparrows and Black-headed Gull.  Paris. Bird Mind Control by PhOtOnQuAnTiQuE -on Flickr.
Field guides for the beginner birders. Photo: USFWS Mountain-Prairie
Collage from  Flickr Creative Commons.  Annas Hummingbird (Danny Perez), Emperor Penguin (Anne Froehlich), Bullers Albatross (Duncan – Angry Sunbird), Masked Yellowthroat (Naathas)

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Gunnar  Engblom
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John Fisher February 24, 2013 at 12:58 am

Birds are interesting because of their habits, some are very colorful, and always wonder about why do some birds travel in flocks and some birds are solitary?? Bugs can be a great subject of interest too, because there are more species of bugs on earth than any other living thing. If you want to check out some cool bugs visit http://bigbobsbigbugblog.hobbiesandcrafts.net

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