3 reasons to become a birder
There is somewhere in the vicinity of 10,000 bird species on the planet, and it’s the goal of a birder to see as many of them as possible.
While this might sound like a tall order, there are thousands of people around the world who proudly claim to be a birder. So why do they do it? Apart from the obvious fact that it’s fun and birds are wonderful creatures, here are three top reasons why you should become a birder, too.
1. You will see more of the world
Even though your own home town probably has quite a number of bird species, you’ll have to travel further afield to see much more of them.
There are almost 200 bird species in New Zealand alone, and of those, approximately 90 are birds that you won’t see in any other country on earth. A day tour from Auckland to Tawharanui or the Waitakere Ranges is a great place to start for the chance to see several fantastic rare species such as the kiwi, morepork and kaka.
Outside of New Zealand, you’ll need to travel to far flung and exotic locations to tick more species off your list, making for fantastic adventures to places you would never otherwise visit.
2. It keeps you fit
Rare birds don’t typically hang around in suburban areas, so you’ll need to get off the beaten track and try walking treks, hiking into alpine areas, and more, just to see birds that live further away.
Birders are known walkers, and often spend hours on their feet searching for that one special species. As such, it’s a hobby that will always keep you fit!
3. The birding community
The global birding community is thousands strong, and it’s full of incredibly supportive, helpful, and kind people from all walks of life.
This alone is enough of a reason to begin your birding journey. Your fellow birders will always be ready with helpful tips and advice, and it’s more than likely that you’ll meet new people along the way with the same interests as you have.
Tristan Cullen - Passionate Conservationist