Bird watching is a recreational activity mainly a way of observing wildlife. The watching of birds can be done through plain eyes or through the help of some devices. Binoculars are an example of devices used in bird watching and they are used for a longer distant watching. Listening to the bird sounds is a way of bird watching. Webcams viewing is another form of bird watching. The recreational bird watching involves watching the different species of birds in an environment through their distinguished sounds and appearance. Other goals of bird watching apart from the recreational purpose is for scientific purposes.
Bird watching is done in areas with high bird populations at particular times of the year. Birds usually move to environments with favorable environmental factors such as food and shelter and this majorly affect bird watching. Rainforests and lakes are the main environments with a high number of birds of different species. Bird watching is often affected by the yearly seasons like summer and winter since birds always shift to warmer parts of the country side. The birds actually like remaining in the natural habitat where there are less environmental disruptions like noise. However, some friendly birds and tamable birds like pigeons can be found in populated sites.
There are areas in the world with high population of birds and they are the best destinations for tourists and birds. National parks are also major destinations for bird watching since they possess favorable environments for bird breeding.
However there are ethics that come with the recreational goal of bird watching that should be considered by the related parties. There should be utmost care while watching birds because improper handling in bird watching lead to negative implications to the birds. Scientists who carry out bird watching activities for scientific projects should follow their research guidelines.
The recreational purposes of bird watching have some merits. The natural environment is a home of many species of birds and bird watching enhance the appreciation of this environment. Conservation of the environment is greatly enhanced through the bird watching activity.
The economic benefits resulting from bird watching influences people to conserve the environment. The bird watching participants experience many benefits. This is a way of exercising through walking and watching.
Bird watching should be done in stealthy ninjas style where there should be less disturbance to the birds. When the birds are resting, feeding or nesting they should not be disturbed through the bird watching activity. Predatory species and pathogens should not be introduced into these areas.