Final Idea

Sitting with the bird watchers hours on end in their hides made me think, realistically, how much of their lives they spend patiently awaiting these animals. It was fascinating to say the least. Originally I went into my project with an open mind, hoping after spending some time with the watchers I’d find an idea as to where this project was going, and luckily I did. We’d be sitting in the hides, I’d recognise the watchers from being there the weeks before, they’d have their coffee and packed food at the ready, they lugged around heavy telescopes, cameras and binoculars, prepared is an understatement, one day Peter put his hand into the inside of his camouflage coat pocket, and out came a tub full of mealworms, he said that way he’d be able to feed any robins nearby.
I realised, these men find joy from doing this. I’ve stayed away from calling bird watching their ‘hobby’, because although it probably seems like a hobby to most, I really felt that with Peter and his friends it is more of a lifestyle. The majority of them have been birding since young boys, they’ve spent a huge part of their lives learning about these animals that I think it’s only in their nature to continue.
This is where the beginning of my idea started, I wanted to express their passion through my project.
My first meeting with them consisted of me joining in with a pair of binoculars myself, but in a way I really enjoyed it, I felt like I was one of them for the day and it was comforting that they welcomed me so quickly. Trying to keep up with them and their bird talk was proving difficult though, but I was learning, they’d sometimes quiz me on the call of a bird after teaching it me from the times I’d been before. It gave me a great experience to see into their daily routine, without putting my camera to extreme use, I admired and appreciated where I was at that time, who I was with and what I was sharing with them.
The hides were where we spent most of our time, sitting on the wooden benches, viewing spot flaps down, binoculars and telescopes out. Most of the hides looked onto their East Marsh Pool, which held small islands, somewhere the birds could land. The best sightings seemed to be when sat in The East Marsh Hide, it also seemed to be many of the watchers favourite hide. Spending so much time in the hides made me want to focus my project on the idea that they bought comfort and homely aspects to the bird watchers inside. Before I knew it, six hours would go by and we’d barely moved from one hide to another.

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