The golden sun shines through the early morning misty shimmer on the dew grasses sprinkled with dew. The scent of nature from the surrounding swamp lures. The salty taste of the sea purifies. In the midst of this setting, two human silhouettes appear. They set up a stand, set up the docks and look in the direction of the swamp. These persons are not hunters. They are interested in herons, ducks, geese, all animals that have feathers and beaks. These persons are co-observers of the birds.
Birdwatching or birding is a developed part of tourism around the world. For example, there are over one million bird watchers in the UK. Some of them travel for miles, traversing entire oceans and continents to see a rare species of parrot in the Amazon or a beetle on Borneo and record a new species of bird in their notebooks. Bird watchers are people who like to stay in nature where bird watching is relaxing. It is a well-known fact that birds are most active in spring, autumn and winter (during the tourist slack). Therefore, unlike hunting tourism, each individual can be sold an unlimited number of times.
Bird watchers are very environmentally conscious people and they are careful to separate waste, light the room with light bulbs and the like.
Ornithological camps are places for field research of birds. Ornithological networks are being assembled to help scientists capture birds. They are then ringed up and released unharmed back into the forest. It will be an opportunity to see up close a kind of bird that is otherwise rarely seen in nature. Bird reception centers are also suitable.
There are several excellent bird watching sites in Europe. These are large wetlands or bottlenecks in migration routes. An inevitable stop in the migration of millions of birds is Gibraltar. World renowned bird watching sites are: Doňana (Spain), Camargue (France) and Eilat (Israel). Tropical sites are a paradise for bird watchers.
Birds can generally be observed throughout the seasons. Millions of birds fly from north to south in spring and fall. And vice versa. In winter, wintering birds (ducks) can be seen in the southern areas, which go from the north to the south warmer areas. Late spring is a period when birds nest and raise reptiles of most species. Early mornings, afternoons and evenings are the times of day when it’s bestto watch the birds in the warm season. Then the birds are most active. It’s not hot for onlookers.
Bird watching is not an easy hobby because birds are timid. They are small in size and need a good fit. And hide. Bird watching houses are most commonly used. In the houses, the observer can hide and watch the birds for hours. The houses are usually built on elevated ground and sufficiently camouflaged into the environment. So the birds are not afraid and over time they become accustomed to the existence of small houses. In some locations, birds are not afraid of humans, and no observer homes are needed. Birds should be treated fairly (not yelling, protecting the environment, not throwing garbage,
Or not touch the bird’s nest). Birds are sometimes difficult to see with the eyes, so additional aids (bats, binoculars, magnifiers) are needed. Mostly binoculars are used to turn tiny points into recognizable objects. More experienced birdwatchers use oblong binoculars. It is impossible to have a still image at high magnifications. Durbins therefore attach to tripods. Bird watchers recognize birds using books and bird recognition manuals. It is popular to photograph birds for which you will need large telephoto lenses. The equipment is heavy so birds are photographed from permanent or temporary shelters. These shelters are usually pre-existing observatories or other imaginatively masked shelters.
The legend of birds
Seagulls are the souls of dead soldiers.
Owls are the souls of women.
Pigeons are the souls of recently deceased unmarried girls.