Bird Watching And Getting Fit

Get fit and relax

Bird watching can be a very relaxing hobby, you get some nice relaxing time in natures playground with very little distraction. This is also a great time to get in shape, walking through the woods can burn a lot of calories since you are always walking in different terrain. With the different slopes and ground conditions under your feet this can be one of the best ways to get into the best shape ever. Since you are out in the middle of nowhere it’s very important to be prepared. I like to pack a large backpack full of supplies before I hit the road. Having extra clothes can pay off big when you are out in the woods bird watching. You never know when you could get a little wet or damp and start getting cold. I normally pack plenty of water as well so I can keep hydrated while on my adventure. Its also a good idea to bring along matches and some sun block and bug spray. I normally carry a few food supplements like APS Nutrition to help me keep my macros on point while I’m in the woods.

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Another thing to remember is to be sure to pack all of you camera equipment and be well supplied with any extra things you may need. It’s a great idea to grab extra batteries and memory cards so you don’t run out of power or memory space while searching for rare birds.

While you are on your bird watching adventure have fun and enjoy the wild but always remember safety. The outdoors is a beautiful place to be but it can also be a very dangerous place to be. It can really be a horrible experience if you aren’t careful and prepared for unexpected things. Simple things like a compass or natural protein powder can make a huge difference. You can pack a lot of powder that can get you buy for a couple days as far as nutrition and food goes and it’s very light weight. It’s my go to food source when I am out in the wild on my old. Having something that can replenish your energy levels and nutrition levels can be very important when you are out in the wild.

San Juan Puerto Rico has some beautiful spots to go bird watching, the area can be pretty tough so be sure to take a lot of supplies and get some suplementos in San Juan Puerto Rico for your adventure.

Top bird watching spots

Amboseli National Park

Amboseli means “Salty Dust” in Maasai. A good place to see the highest mountain in Africa, Mt.Kilimanjaro. There are also wetlands within the park, where you can see Common Squacco Heron, African Jacana and Long-toed Plover.  A special bird to look out for is Taveta Golden Weaver.

Bird watching for health

The Coast

Along the coast, there are two birding sites like Arabuko Sokoke Forest and Mida Creek. Arabuko Sokoke Forest is more of a coastal forest where you get species like Green Barbet, Sokoke Scops Owl, East Coast Akalat, Sokoke Pipit, Chestnut-fronted Hlmet-shrike, Amani Sunbird and Plain-backed Sunbird. Also home to the Clarke’s Weaver which is Vulnerable and to see it is like looking for pin in a haystack. Mida Creek has important mangrove forest. Here you get species like Purple-banded Sunbird, Woolly-necked Stork and lots of waders.

All of these parks are very beautiful places that have tons of birds and wildlife for us to enjoy. Fitness and bird watching is a great way to enjoy your life and get fit. You can see the most beautiful lands and birds on this planet all while getting in shape.

What will you need? A backpack with extra clothes, bug spray and a great camera to catch all the action. Be sure to grab some sunblock as well the sun can cook you in a second if you aren’t careful. You will want to stay hydrated while you are in this beautiful country so drink plenty of fluids. It’s important to grab some supplements as well these can go a long way when you’re out in the wild. BCAA supplements and protein powder can help you meet your nutrition needs while you are out in the wild. You may even want to grab something like Amino Energy to help give you energy while you are on your journey to the wild outdoors. Other supplements like epistane can help regulate hormones and give you more endurance during your long day of bird watching.

 

Let’s get fit and bird watch

Getting fit while bird watching

Staying fit is pretty important even more so as we get older. Who wants to spend hours walking on a boring treadmill? Not me even if I have a great view looking out my living room window. Being out in the wild is my place for a clear mind, and there is no place better than watching birds. It’s fun and beautiful and you can walk several miles without even knowing you are getting in a ton of exercise. If you eat a decent diet full of good proteins and healthy fats you can get in really good physical shape with this hobby.  Let’s take a look at a few more places where we can enjoy some of the best birds in the world. Using good estrogen blocker pills can help keep you leaner and help remove unwanted water weight. This all helps when getting ready to go bird watching.

Fitness and bird watching

Tsavo national park

It is one of the second largest National Parks in Kenya after Tsavo East N.P with an area of 9,065 sq kms. Tsavo has a bit of History in 1900’s during the building of the railway where many workers were killed by the notorious man-eating lions. You might have read or seen a movie “Man-eaters of Tsavo”. A visit to Mzima Springs, as you are walking along the trail here you will see species like Water Thick-knee, Giant Kingfisher and many more.

Tsavo East National Park

ne of the largest National Parks in Kenya with an area of 11,747 sq kms. The habitat here is drier but turns green during the raining season. The bird species you see here are different from Tsavo West N.P. Here you will see Taita Fiscal, Pale Prinia, Chestnut-headed Sparrow Lark and Red-winged lark. You can do a day trip to Taita Hills from Tsavo East N.P. Taita Hills is a highland forest where you get the 3 Taita special birds like Taita Thrush, Taita White-eye ( sub species of Montane White-eye ) and Taita Apalis ( sub species of Bar-throated Apalis ). Others included Striped Pipit, Yellow-throated Woodland Warbler and Stripe-cheeked Greenbul.

 

Bird watching for fitness

Fitness and bird watching

Let’s look at a few more places to get fit and watch some of the world’s most beautiful birds.

Lake Nakuru

One of the other lakes found in the Great Rift Valley. Home to millions of Flamingos. It is also National Park, where you will see White Rhinos. Beside animals, you will see both Greater and Lesser Flamingos. Other bird species included White-fronted Bee-eaters, Little Rock Thrush, Cliff Chats, Ruppell’s long-tailed Starlings, Northern Anteater Chat and White-browed Robin-Chat. If you are luck, you might get to see Grey-crested Helmet-shrike

Masai Mara

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One of the “SEVENTH WONDER OF THE WORLD” to see millions of Wildebeest migrants. Best time to see this nature wonders is from May-June and July-October. Over 500 resident and migratory species of birds are listed for the Masai Mara. Best place to see Birds of Prey like African white-backed / Lappet-faced / Hooded / White-headed / Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture and many more. Other species included Red-necked Spurfowl, African Wattled Plover, Sooty Chat, Secretary Bird, Dark chanting Goshawk, Usambiro Barbet. Lookout for Rufous-bellied Heron along the wetlands.

Lake Naivasha

One of the other freshwater lakes in the Great Rift Valley. It is the second site listed by Kenya as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention after Lake Baringo. Bird species seen are Grey-headed Gull, Black-lored Babbler, Grey Woodpecker, African Fish Eagle, Grey-backed Fiscal and many more. You can also take a boat ride to look for species which hide in the reeds. Not far from Naivasha is Lake Oloidien which is a good place for Waders.

Some of these areas are pretty remote don’t forget to wear good shoes and have a good pack pack full of supplies. I love taking protein powder with me on my adventures for a quick way to get my nutrients up. Bird watching can be a lot of exercise so nutrition is important.

Places to bird watch

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Samburu / Buffalo Springs National Reserves

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This national reserve is on the north part of Kenya or north of the Equator. The area is quite hot and dry. But during the raining season it is green with wild flowers and paradise for the birds. Here you will see bird species like Donaldson- Smith Sparrow-Weaver, Black-capped Social Weaver, White-headed Mousebirds, Golden-breasted Starling, Black-faced Sandgrouse, Lichtenstein’s Sandgrouse, Vulturine Guineafowl, Somali Bee-eater, Somali Ostrich and African Orange-bellied Parrot.

Lake Baringo

This is one of the freshwater lakes in the Great Rift Valley and again north of the Equator. The habitat is very similar to Samburu, but has Cliffs. Birding along the cliffs is a good place to look for Brown-tailed Rock Chat, Bristle-crowned Starling, Hemprich Hornbill , Jackson’s Hornbill, Cape Eagle-Owl and White-faced Scops Owl. Others included Heuglin’s Courser, Northern Masked Weaver and Northern Red Bishop. Take a boat ride to see the Goliath Heron, Yellow-crowned Bishop which are seen during the raining season and many more. Good place to see the White-billed Buffalo Weavers

Kakamega Forest

This forest is in western part of Kenya. Home to the Blue-headed Bee-eater, a Kakamega speciality that, in the whole of the East Africa region, can be seen only in this one forest. Here you will see Black-and-White casqued Hornbill, Great Blue Turaco, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Double-toothed Barbet, Yellow-billed Barbet, Grey-throated Barbet, Equatorial Akalat, White-tailed Ant Thrush, Turner’s Eremomela, Western Black-headed Oriole, Stuhlmann’s Starling, Black-billed Weaver and Red-headed Malimbe.

Any of these three locations is a beautiful spot to start your bird watching. Don’t forget to pack well for your adventure. Be sure to have a good size back pack, a good camera so you can catch some beautiful birds in actions. You will want some dry socks a small first aid kit and some type of food supplement in case you get hungry.