Birding Tips

Here is what I follow and will advise others to follow:

I always avoid:

  • Going in a big group of people for bird watching as that scares the birds away.
  • Making any kind of noise.
  • Making sudden or rapid movements near the birds.
  • Getting too close to the birds. That disturbs them. For pictures, I use a long lense.
  • Carrying my mobile. If I do need to carry my mobile, I atleast ensure it is on the silent mode if not switched off. A mobile going off while there are birds around can spoil the moment.
  • Luring birds through recorded bird sounds. It can trick them into thinking that there could be a mate, a rival or an intruder.
  • Luring birds with baits.
  • Disturbing the habitat.
  • Littering the area.
  • Wearing bright colored clothes.
  • Using camera flash.
  • Touching / disturbing any nests.
  • Being impatient.

Remember that the best bird watching / photography experience is when the birds are totally undisturbed in their natural habitat. I have got some of my best pictures like that.