Wanted: Birding friends (just for laughs)

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7 years 2 weeks ago #34603 by Barry
Barry created the topic: Wanted: Birding friends (just for laughs)
I recently realised my varsity mates with whom I shared 3 awesome birding years have now all left the country. I'm met with mostly incredulous stares when I try to talk some other friends into joining me on a birding trip. Maybe I should advertise in the classifieds?

Wanted: Birding friends

I currently have 1-3 positions open for friends to bird with (5 people in a car doesn't work, the space may be needed for a bird guide).
Must love the outdoors and (very) long walks. Must be fit and capable of a reasonable turn of speed (the occasional wild animal that needs running away from may be encountered). Tolerance of extreme weather conditions (from the frosty early mornings of the Highveld to the boiling heat of a car in Kruger) is required. Patience is a virtue and will be rewarded (sometimes). Ownership of a 4-wheel drive vehicle appreciated, but not mandatory (a 6 year-old Toyota Corolla can ford streams and navigate dirt tracks as amiably as most modern SUV's). Must be sociable, friendly and willing to feed students doing budget birding when encountered in the field*.
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Requirements: Birdguides (there is no such thing as "enough") and binoculars. Wildcard helpful.
Must be willing to drop everything at a moment's notice to chase down a mega (students: the test can be re-taken, you never know when a bird will show again).

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*Many thanks to all those individuals who were very hospitable to student birders during our varsity years. Rest assured, we will continue the tradition. Dinonyane lodge near Nylsvley deserves special mention for sharing excellent Potjiekos with a group of vet students and graciously allowing us the use of their swimming pool. We will return as paying customers one day.

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