desert birding in summer

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Subject: desert birding in summer
From: Mark Carter <>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2011 07:41:58 +0100 (BST)
Hi Peter et al.,
Yes, I should have mentioned that about sand country and gibber- it heats up 
faster than other habitats and reaches higher overall temps. Desert rivers, 
gorges and to an extent Mulga woodland tend to be comparatively cooler and 
facilitate birding up to the 11am cut-off. A good bit of fieldcraft in summer 
is thinking-through where the birds will be on warm mornings: no point looking 
for Eyrean Grasswrens on the sunward side of a dune! Of course weather can 
always go the other way too- you occasionally get those freak overcast days 
where the temps don't get over 30 all day- they are solid gold. Basic rule of 
thumb is when its too hot for you, its usually to hot for the birds too!
To make the water drinking easier I strongly recomend a water bladder with a 
hose such as 'camelback' or 'source' which either come in their own backpack or 
you can fit inside your usual bag or scope tripod pack. These allow you to 
carry up to 3 litres easily and allow you to sip it gradually as you go- your 
body cannot absorb more than (roughly) 250ml every 15 mins so if you drink your 
litre for the hour all at once at the end of the 60 mins not only will you feel 
queer, you will pee out 3/4 of it and still be dehydrated anyway! Camelback do 
military-grade insulated 3litre bladders under the 'maximum gear' label- a bit 
expensive but worth every penny.

Mark Carter

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