I am a casual bird watcher. When we lived in Brooklyn, my wife and I joined a bird watching group run by a wonderful man named Joe Giunta (web site). I quickly learned that my photography skills and equipment are not up to the task of capturing great bird photos. It was a lot of fun, and I gained a new appreciation for birds and the people who are passionate about them. Once, when I saw a distant bird in a tree, I raised my binoculars and said, “Oh, it’s only a sparrow.” I was promptly dressed down for unknowingly making a disparaging remark about sparrows, and received a quick 30 second lecture on the varieties of sparrows and their importance.
If you love birds, maybe your next vacation spot should include a little bird watching.