Mike asked us to contribute posts on why we bird, blog and blog about birding.
So first a disclaimer: I'm not much of a birder. There I said it. I (rather pretentiously) prefer to think of myself as a naturalist rather than a birder (and if I'm really trying to be pretentious as a "wildlife photographer"). I'm fascinated by all aspects of the natural world and regular readers will know of my particular love of the underwater world. The only problem with that is that you don't see many of these in the middle of London:
I don’t go birdwatching. I am birdwatching."
So having got that fix; why come back to the laptop and blog about it? Well since I discovered my first nature blog due to a chance result whilst googling, I've visited lots of blogs many of them written by you. I've learnt a lot about wildlife, found some neat places to go and some excellent book recommendations. One thing I've noticed is how different people respond to different posts and this intrigued me. I wanted to share my experiences with others just as I'd shared their experiences. Also I wanted to see how people would respond to different photos and its been fascinating.
Non-diving readers find things divers can get very excited about slighlty uninteresting but get very excited about things we regard as everyday. Readers outside Europe find our everyday garden birds as different and exotic as we find theirs and more interesting than our rarities. So blogging (or more accurately reading others' blogs and responses to my blog) has opened up my eyes to the wider natural world, broken my pre-conceptions and been a lot of fun. Thanks all.
Told you it would be wordy.