Watching wildlife is a fun hobby for people of all ages. You can do it in your back garden, in national parks, in the mountains, fields, and even in the city if you know where to look. If you love animals, watching wildlife is definitely something you’ll want to try.
Here are some things you will need: binoculars (night vision ones are great if you plan on watching some night-time wild life such as deer), a camera, a journal or notebook to record your sightings, and if you plan to be out for hours—a pack lunch and some water. Of course you can also take things like bird seed if you want to feed some birds while you are watching them.
When watching wildlife, you should always take great care not to disturb the animals. Try to keep at a distance so that they either don’t know you’re there, or they are not scared of you. That’s why using binoculars is such a good idea. The animals that come out at night feel safer under cover of darkness, so using night vision equipment is especially useful in this case.
If you ever spy a wounded animal, try to report it to some wildlife authorities or the RSPCA so that someone can help it.
Take some photos of your sightings and make a scrap book or journal of your wildlife adventures. This way you can show all your friends and family the animals you’ve sighted, and maybe someday you’ll inspire some of your children or grandchildren to start their own hobby of watching wildlife.