I’ve been doing a lot of birdwatching by kayak. This afternoon - while my kayak was drifting a bit - I thought “does anyone use an anchor while birding?”.
I am wondering what ‘tricks of the trade’ any birders have.
After a few years of birding by kayak - I’ve figured out some things that work for me.
- When I’m on the East Coast (on the shore) - I bring my laminate of shorebirds (snug on the deck).
- I always bring a camera with a good zoom. This way I don’t have to ‘remember’ what the bird is, and can compare the pictures to the ones in my guidebook. This way I can just watch the birds and their habits with my binoculars and not worry about trying to remember every little thing about the mystery bird.
- The latest thing I have learned is to STAY STILL. I had no idea how many birds I was passing by because I didn’t sit in one place for long enough. Our running joke is if you stay still, the wildlife comes to you. Really, I think you just notice the birds that were already there (but more secretive and camoflauged).
This is where I wonder if I should get an anchor to assist in the staying still.
The next thing on my list is a field journal - haven’t gotten one of those yet.
I’d love to hear any wisdom that other birders have!