birding on crutches

To: Denise Goodfellow <>
Subject: birding on crutches
From: Geoff Price <>
Date: Sun, 17 Apr 2011 11:52:17 +1000
Most certainly have Denise. I've had several operations on my knee over the last 4 years, and whilst I'm not the world's most dedicated birder and tend to watch more cricket than birdwatching, I've done a bit of birding on crutches. Luckily I could use the ones that go to the forearm, rather than up to the armpit - that would be difficult. I found if I wanted to use my bins, I pushed my arms further down the crutches, so they were up to my upper arms and didn't fall off, then learned how to use the bins with two steel poles sticking out at 45 degrees. It was inconvenient and probably looked ridiculous, but hey you get used to it. People tend to stay from you as well, especially if collateral damage from your crutches cause them to require crutches, or other injury aids. If you need the crutches simply to stand (I only need mine to walk) it would be more difficult, you may need a small pair of bins you can use with one hand. Would be interested to hear any others take on this, it's a darned frustrating thing to put up with!

Hope the metatarsal heals quickly,


On 17/04/2011 3:28 AM, Denise Goodfellow wrote:
Hi Birding Aussers

I¹ve fractured my fifth metatarsal and am going to be on  crutches for a
while.  Has anyone out there tried birding on crutches?

Geoff Price
9/20 Loch Ave
St Kilda East 3183


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