Birding on the run. I’m sure you’ve done it. All to frequently we find precious little time for engaging in the activities we like, such as birding. But not all is lost. By being prepared and making better use of what little time that we do have, birding can be added into our every day activities.
Last week brought the beginning of the summer semester and a major tightening of my free time. Although I only have two classes, Clinical II and Advanced Lab Techniques, I may as well have four. My summer courses are 16 weeks of of study crammed into 8 weeks and each class is five hours long. Double the homework and double the exams. Where am I going to find the time to add bird watching and bird photography to my busy schedule?
A recent survey of adults in the US found that we watch an average 11.5 hours of TV per week and spend an average 14.2 hours on the Internet. If I am an average US adult, that’s over 25 hours of sitting on my rump every week. By cutting back on TV and internet usage and shuffling my study time, I have opened up time to go birding for an hour or two every day. I can leave for class an hour before I normally would and walk around the campus with my binoculars and camera. My point is, why sit around watching TV or surfing the net when it’s far more productive and healthy to take a walk and look for birds in your neighborhood or favorite patch. Keep a pair of binoculars in your car, and when you have time to do some bird watching, pull them out and go for it.
All day birding adventures are on the back burner for now, at least while school is in session. But by cutting back on TV and internet usage, I am able to get out for a few hours a week and enjoy some bird watching and photography.
The following photos were taken with a Canon 7D and a Canon 400mm f/4 L IS lens. Simply click a thumbnail below for a full-sized view. ©2011 John Briggs Photography