BY: Saartjie Kidson
Some birders find it useful to keep a notebook in which they record their sightings and make notes of where and when they have seen a bird. Details of plumage – colours and patterns - perhaps a quick sketch of the bird, field marks and habitat notes, how many birds there were, any interesting behaviour, the weather and even GPS readings are examples of the information recorded by birders. But try not to focus too much on taking down notes, rather aim to maximise the time you have the bird in view, as this is your chance to study it carefully - you don’t know how long it will there before it dashes off, out of sight. After viewing the bird, record your observations for future reference and comparison with your field guide.