desert birding in summer

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Subject: desert birding in summer
From: Mark Carter <>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2011 04:04:33 +0100 (BST)
Hi Birders,
Please don't be put off summer birding out here in the Red Centre by worries 
about a lack of birds. Us desert locals get some of our best birding when 
no-one else is here: summer is the growing season for our plants and peak 
season for our reptiles and invertebrates (ie bird food!), so the birds really 
are at their best at this time of year. Yes its hot during the day but you just 
have to do what the birds do and adapt your patterns to suit- temperate climate 
style 'office hours' birding is not an option! For best results plan to bird in 
two sessions between pre-dawn and 11am then 4 till nightfall. This leaves 
plenty of time in the day for the long drives sometimes needed to cover ground, 
or even for non-birding activities! Heat is easy to deal with in a normal dry 
year when its not humid: just plan to be out of the sun during the warmest 
parts of the day (ie.11am-4pm), wear loose, natural-fibre long sleeved shirts 
(you could do worse than a good ol
 King-G) and plan to drink lots of water (I aim for a litre an hour when the 
temps go over 28 degrees). The shorter sessions do mean that you have to be 
pretty sharp about your site selection- thats where local knowledge comes in 

Mark Carter- Birding Guide and Wildlife Surveyor

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