A Great Time for Bird SpottingA Great Time for Bird Spotting by by Norman Dulwich
Bird spotting is the ultimate hobby. All you need are a good pair of eyes and a good pair of binoculars (and even the latter is not always necessary). Birds are all around us, and even if you don't notice them at first, once you start looking you will see them everywhere. This makes bird spotting the perfect hobby to take up if you are involved in delivery work.
The Ideal Bird Spotting Job
When carrying out delivery work, you have the perfect opportunity to start bird spotting. You're driving through the country and cities all day, constantly entering new areas and different environments. You are regularly seeing new places and new sights, and you can visit more areas in one day than most people visit in a month. That provides you with plenty of opportunities to keep an eye out for different bird species.
Whether you're driving along a country lane, stopping at a motorway service station or stuck in a traffic jam in the city, there is always an opportunity to keep an eye out for birds in the sky and the trees above on delivery work.
So how do you get started with bird spotting whilst on delivery work? If you're interested in becoming a 'twitcher' then the best place to start is to buy a good book. There are literally hundreds of books available on starting out in bird spotting or, if you'd prefer, just check on the internet and you'll find plenty of resources.
Using a book of all the different birds that are found in the country, get yourself familiar with a few of them, perhaps by heading to your local park or sitting in your garden, or even just looking out your window. Once you become familiar with their appearance and how they fly through the air, you'll soon be able to recognise them at a distance or when they are moving fast. This is perfect for when you are on delivery jobs and you manage to catch a blur of movement out of the corner of your eye.
An Addictive Hobby
Start to tick off the birds that you see whilst carrying out delivery work, and you'll soon find that it becomes quite an addiction. Just make sure that it doesn't distract you from your job and you'll have instantly found something to keep you entertained no matter how long you spend on the road.
If you go abroad on delivery work then things will start to get really exciting. Driving to other countries in Europe will present you with lots more opportunities to spot new species of birds. But even if you stay doing delivery jobs in your local area, you will get plenty of satisfaction from bird spotting.
Join an Organisation
To get even more from your hobby, why not join an organisation like the RSPB? This will allow you to meet other like-minded people and share what you know about birds. You'll probably find yourself the envy of the group with the amount of time you get to spend enjoying your hobby whilst you are carrying out delivery work.
Norman Dulwich is a Correspondent for Haulage Exchange, the leading online trade network for the road transport industry across the UK and Europe. It provides services for haulage companies to buy and sell delivery work , road transport and delivery work in the domestic and international markets.
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