Returned from a short family holiday to Eilat. As you might remember from Martin’s previous posts, Eilat is one of the WP’s birding hotspots. During the four days I was there I managed to squeeze in about 6 hours of birding. Missed three very good birds (not ticks thank god). Slept very little. Annoyed and disappointed the Mrs. while I was out. All of my photographs came out blurry becuase the sun was not up yet.
When the sun rose I had to go back to the hotel and become a perfect family person again.
So how can this work? How can we birders overcome our instinct and deepest wish, to bird forever, without any commitment, just do what we really want – find sibes and other vagrants? It’s all into balances and compromises, I guess. That’s part of growing up. Here’s my very simplistic suggestion: