I too have had
experience with both ticks and leechesand I agree with Colin, Be Afraid.
I'll choose the leeches anytime. Although
the one behind the eye made me squirm somewhat.
Having had a
tick lodge itself behind my right ear, I was unable to get it removed for 2
hours. The pain shooting up the side of my
head was almost unbearable.
Once it was removed,
by the old metho and tweezers method, I was unable to put the arm of my glasses
over my right ear for 3 months, during which time the pain continued to a lesser
But we all still
happily walk our tick, leech and mosquito infested bush in the hope of seeing
those elusive birds.
Happy birding, but
make sure your backpack has metho, tweezers, salt, cigarette & lighter,
aeroguard, mossie net etc etc etc.......and binoculars, if there's room!