I first of all I just go birding......then
I atlas what I see.
The Atlas time span can vary from 3 mins for incidentals to up
to 2 days (at Lawn Hill NP)
Like Frank O'C, when noting the incidental specials I include
any birds close by.
Many stops to check out an incidental have developed into one
hour or more extensive searches.
The majority of my searches would be 1 to 2 hours and are 500m
If travelling thru an "arid" plain I will often stop
& target a clump of trees then do a sweep away well away from the trees and
walk back to my vehicle picking up any ground feeders.
Likewise I find walking the edge/boundary of a grassed plain
and a treed location often gives sightings of birds that concentrate on each
type of vegetation..
Basically I am trying to record every species that passes
thru the general area.
Regards, Bob Forsyth, Mount Isa, NW