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Bird-watching

 

When I was about 16, I remember watching a programme about bird-watching on the TV. It was presented by Eric Morecambe and I recall thinking that, if he could see a wide variety of birds in his back garden, then so could I. My parents gave me a pair of binoculars and I was off; it was amazing just how pretty some of the birds were in our back garden. After all, you see programmes about the splendour of Amazonian parakeets and yet you don't have to go far to see extremely colourful birds such as blue tits, goldfinches and jays.

Liz shares my interest in wildlife to the extent that we spent our honeymoon birdwatching in the Gambia, clocking up over 150 species we had never seen before. We are not 'twitchers', in that we will not traipse the length and breadth of the country to see some rare migrant. We will always take binoculars with us on walks and, of course, on holiday and take our luck as to what we happen to see. One example is when we were walking along the banks of the River Spey in Scotland and saw a cinnamon-coloured bird. We were amazed, when we levelled the binoculars on it, to discover that it was a hoopoe, only the second ever sighted in Scotland and quite distinctive.

Our interest in birds has taken us to many countries, including Sri Lanka, Costa Rica and Botswana. The binoculars we use are 8 x 32 rubberised bincoulars by Opticron, which can be purchased direct from the wholesalers in Luton.

 
 

 
 

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