Could it be that I am turning into one? For most of my life I thought birders (birdwatchers) were the most boring people. How else would you describe a person who slogs through marshland with his trusty binoculars, notebook and camera only to observe flocks of birds for hours on end?
Looking through my pictures of my trips, I see lots of birds. Could this be? Am I a birder? It’s not enough that I love to take pictures of birds. No! After I get back to my computer, I look up bird ID websites and study the pictures I have taken. By comparing the birds’ beaks and plumage and feet and eyes, I find the scientific names of the species and file them away in my brain somewhere. Mission accomplished! Now that I am a self-identified birder I will need more photo equipment – don’t you think?
With a length of 2,500 km (1,560 mi), the Murray River is Australia’s longest water course. It starts in the Australian Alps, draws water from 1/7th of Australia’s landmass and drains into the Southern Ocean at the Coorong National Park. The Coorong, which is a myriad of waterways, lakes, dunes and ocean 156 km (97 mi) south-east of Adelaide, is a birder’s paradise. The beauty of this area is absolutely stunning.