birding on crutches

To: Birding Aus <>
Subject: birding on crutches
From: david taylor <>
Date: Sun, 17 Apr 2011 12:53:55 +1000
Im impressed by you guys and your will to "bird" no matter what the 
circumstances!!  It amazing in life - theres always a way to achieve things if 
we really put our minds to the cause. Well done! cheers David Taylor

On 17/04/2011, at 12:25 PM, Denise Goodfellow wrote:

> Geoff
> Thanks very much for the hint and the good wishes.
> I've armpit crutches at the moment and am becoming quite adept at using
> them.  But it seems pretty obvious that I'll need something else, and was
> considering a knee crutch - ever heard of them?
> Recently Wildlife Tourism Australia published an article on disabled tourism
> by Bo Beolens.  Would you mind if I added your most helpful comments?  I can
> leave your name off if you wish.  And this goes for others who've replied.
> There are many disabled birders out there who would benefit.
> Denise
> on 17/4/11 11:22 AM, Geoff Price at  wrote:
>> 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,
>> Geoff
>> On 17/04/2011 3:28 AM, Denise Goodfellow wrote:
>>> Hi Birding Aussers
>>> I’ve fractured my fifth metatarsal and am going to be on  crutches for a
>>> while.  Has anyone out there tried birding on crutches?
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