The first time I took part in bird watching, it was amazing. Everything was completely new, different and more than I had expected. I decided to learn more about birds, other than it being part of my curriculum, was my sense of curiosity and the thrill of new activities. I’ve always had a fascination with our ‘feathered friends’ as I have mentioned in my earlier posts here and here.
Bird watching in itself is a skill. One I would encourage anyone to partake in. There is a thrill when you realise all the chirping you have been hearing is from birds with names. You will find stimulation in knowing the many species of birds. With Kenya’s 1,100 species and a worldwide count of more than 10000, you will always find something new.
Birds are an easy point of entry in nature. We know that spending time outdoors is good for your health and well-being. Birds are everywhere, unlike the big five which we actually have to go to a national park to view. For birds, all you need to do is get outside. It doesn’t matter whether you are in an urban area surrounded by buildings. You need not worry where you will find these birds. I have highlighted some birds you can get to see in the urban areas.
Birds are not dull species. They come in all sorts of beautiful shades of colours. You will find fulfilment by observing them in your daily life. If you love colours, birds are the way to go. Lest I forget to mention, birds are great travellers. When travelling is part of life, nothing can limit and birds can be an inspiration.
There is a lot to enjoy from observing birds. Not everyone understands why birders or ornithologists use their time to observe them. Few people understood why I took up bird watching as a hobby or even studying wildlife as a career choice. When I was able to share what I have learned, people around me developed an interest. They got curious to learn the different names of birds and other animals and why they are important.
Birds, like all other non-human species, are facing a threat to their survival. Habitat loss and poisoning are among the major threats to birds. Birds are indicators of how we are changing the environment. When they disappear, one species at a time, we will notice an imbalance in the environment. Nature in itself must achieve a balance.
I may not be able to wholly explain why birds are an important species on the planet and for humanity. A Ted Talk by Washington Wachira will inspire you to develop an interest. Washington is a very enthusiastic and passionate human being. One can view his profile and what he does and has being doing here.
In his Ted Talk, he highlights why he loves birds and why we all should too. Why they are important in our environment and why they need protection. If the video does not stir up a whirlwind of thoughts and actions, then I don’t know what else will. Join his birding tours at Cisticola Tours. You won’t be dissapointed.