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If you are going to go bird watching away from your usual haunts, it is essential to have a bird guide book that covers the area you plan to visit. Study the guide prior to your bird watching holiday or better still, before you leave on your bird watching vacation.
Once you are familiar with the species recorded in the area and during the season you are on your trip, it will help make identification of a particular species much easier.
If you are new to bird watching, pay special attention to the color, size, shape, and wing markings. Also, take special note of any characteristic behaviors or flight patterns of birds you expect to see.