I was thinking about flying recently and all the images of birds I have posted. To keep reader interest, and as a birder, I offer up some interesting and colorful species on occasion. It dawned on me that birds are the most prolific frequent fliers, visiting the same places year after year, many traveling thousands of miles, some like last post coming from Alaska. They really have the ultimate freedom. Then I realized, so do we in this age of technology.
I also got to thinking that while I cross borders to see birds, they don’t have a clue they are going anywhere but where they intend. Borders are meaningless to birds.
The funny thing about birders, a bird primarily from a far away country shows up in our country somewhere, birders get on the hotline to tell each other where to find it.
Some hop planes to get to the locale. It just might be a lot more interesting seeing the bird in the country it is from. At least the scenery and experience would be different looking for expected birds in more colorful places.
Chickens are common where one usually sees them on a farm, at a 4-H county fair or in a roasting pan. To see them running around airports, beaches and hardened lava flows is a bit out of the ordinary most places, but not in Hawaii. They roam all over. I guess anytime one wants poultry, just go out and grab a fresh one free for the snatching.
Long ago, birding really was an adventure where big name birders would trek for hundreds of days to find and photograph birds. Now birders have rare bird alerts telling them where to go and what to look for, all neatly located with GPS.
With all the photos we birders post, the mystery of birds really is no longer a mystery. Anything one wants to know is an internet click away. It is not like in the day when a new bird was found it was a big deal and momentous occasion.
Don’t tell the real birders that though, they get mighty excited with untiring devotion in the pursuit of their beloved birds.
I know as much as I go birding, I will never be one of them except in name only. I don’t have the excessive passion most of them have.
I do like photographing birds, especially those not commonly seen at our local feeders.
I like seeing them in unexpected places too. The egret above should be looking for some cattle to trail, not tiptoeing through the Bougainvillea.
One thing about seeing birds in other places, it is far more interesting than seeing the sparrows dive bomb my feeders. And for a bird most have not seen… Hawaiian Stilts on my nature blog. There is something pretty special about these birds, real must see.