1. Dress in accordance to
the weather and be prepared to be sweaty and even muddy. An
umbrella is useful against rain and for sun protection. Bring
water, sun block lotion, food, a notebook and wear a cap.
Pack these in a small backpack (do not leave in the car!).
2. Best time for watching is from 5 –7
am and from 5-6.30pm. On light rainy days birds normally are
active most of the day.
3. Wear light clothes of natural colors –
preferably khaki, green etc..
4. Keep always your binocular perfectly clean and dry.
5. At all times make as little noise as possible and talk
with low voice or whisper in order not to scare the birds
6. Walk slowly around and make no speedy movements. This
may scare the birds. Do not bring dogs with you. Birds are
scared of dogs.
7. If you can hide in the vegetation or stand right next
to a tree while observing the birds, you may get the birds
closer to you.
8. If you are a group of bird watchers and in order to give
everyone equal chance to see the birds, always stay together
in one flock so that no one walks ahead or falls behind.
9. Do not stay near nests of birds and never take their young
or their eggs.
10.Report illegal wildlife trade to accredited institutions
like DENR-PAWB (Wildlife Rescue Center) or NGOs like Philippine
Eagle Foundation (Davao)
11. Report the rare and unusual birds to the Wild Bird Club
Records Committee. If you are really keen and do regularly
bird watching, always make notes in the field of what species
you see, count the numbers of them, note where you see them
(their habitats) and note human activities (hunting, land
conversion like reclamation, forest or grass fires).
If you don’t know what species it is try to make a
simple sketch of it and describe what you see (size like a
maya or a wild chicken, form and length of beak, legs, tail,
wings, colors and patterns). This may help later to make the
Courtesy of Arne Jensen 2003