Hi there ADP
Some tips I could give you that could make your new found hobby more enjoyable
First of all, do you live in SA?
If so, then I would recommend getting a book like SA birdfinder or if you reside near Gauteng, then get your hands on the Chamberlains Birding in Gauteng book.
Both these will help you find spots around you where you can safely drive to and go and bird for either a morning or a weekend trip etc.
Another good tip would be to become part of various birding forums like on SANP and I will PM you another dedicated birding forum where regular birding hot spots are discussed, rare bird sightings and general discussion on ID'ing difficult species.
Also if you can, get your hands on a bird call CD. I know there are various programs out there that do provide these calls, so it all depends on what media you use such as Blackberry, Iphone, Windows Mobile.. or just normal cd player etc.. and we can put you in the right direction.
The best method of learning and getting to know your way around using ID'ing methods is to try and get out there with experienced birders.. at first it might feel like you are back in Grade 1 trying to learn the ABC's but after a while you pick up so much valuable information from them, which will really make your hobby extremely fun.
Kruger is a great birding destination and there is so much of exploring to be done from the mixed bush savana in the south, Central grassland habitat in the Satara area, and the great Punda birding in the north, but don't just stick with Kruger.. There are some fantastic birding spots throughout SA and it is amazing what new places you will see just by going to different birding spots.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.
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