birding on crutches

To: Denise Goodfellow <>
Subject: birding on crutches
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Sun, 17 Apr 2011 14:15:07 +1000

There is such a thing as a knee crutch. I had to use one a couple years ago, when I snapped an Achilles. Had to import it from the USA.


Carl Cliffprd

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

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.


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,


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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