NO SUB­STI­TUTE FOR EX­PE­RI­ENCE

Bird Watching (UK) - - Id Challenge | October: Seawatching -

Re­mem­ber, as hinted at in the other two tips on this page, there is no sub­sti­tute for ex­pe­ri­ence when it comes to the chal­leng­ing busi­ness of seawatch­ing. If pos­si­ble, as a be­gin­ner, try to watch with more ex­pe­ri­enced ob­servers who can help you learn and avoid the myr­iad pit­falls which are fly­ing out over that open sea. You will soon learn the dif­fer­ent flight styles and struc­tures which dis­tin­guish, for ex­am­ple, waders and terns and gulls; sea­d­ucks and auks; skuas, Gan­nets and shear­wa­ters; grebes, cor­morants and divers. When you have learned the sub­tly dif­fer­ent flight styles of dif­fer­ent birds fly­ing at two miles’ range, you are start­ing to get some­where. Prac­tice, prac­tice and more prac­tice is the key.

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