Four Birdwatching Tips-Observing Characteristics

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Are you thinking about becoming a birdwatcher? Here is some information from The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Birdwatching by Sheila Buff on how to identify the bird by the way it looks.

1. Use the head

You can sometimes figure out what bird you are looking at by studying his head. To begin with, check to see if its head is a solid color. Note the particular color and any other colors on his head. Does he have a crest, which means does he have a pointed head?

Some birds appear to be wearing a cap or a hood. A dark spot on top of a bird’s head is called a cap. A hood is a distinctively colored set of feathers that cover part of the head and neck.

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Practicing the Study of Body Language

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It’s sometimes hard to read body language. Some people can do it easily and the rest of us are clueless. That’s why there are so many television shows about people who are very good at reading body language. It is a gift.

That doesn’t mean that the rest of us can’t learn it, but it takes work for us.Here are some ways to practice:

  • Watch other people, even on television. Look at two people’s positions to each other. Think about their proximity to each other. Are they very close together? If so, they really like each other. The further way the less they actually care. If they move closer to each other, they are showing that they are warming up to each other.

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Nonverbal communication-the eyes

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The study of the eyes in body language is one of the most fascinating studies around these days. Perhaps shows like “Lie to Me” have sparked the public interest. This show follows a psychologist who can detect a lie by watching a person’s minute facial gestures and body movements. This show’s main character, Dr. Cal Lightman (played by Tim Roth), is based on an actual person, Dr. Paul Ekman, who serves as the show’s scientific advisor. One of Ekman’s books that you might want to read is” Emotions Revealed, Second Edition: Recognizing Faces and Feelings to Improve Communication and Emotional Life by Paul Ekman” (Paperback – Mar. 20, 2007) at

A lot of what the show displays has to do with a person’s eyes. In the study of body language the eyes are a very significant part of the nonverbal signs a person sends another. We all read people’s eyes without knowing how or why.

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What your body tells others

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Have you wondered what your body language is telling others about you? A website that talks about this is:

There are some things that you probably do unintentionally that tell others how you feel. Here are a few:

The eyes have it

  • When you look a stranger in the eye, you are telling him you want to know more about him.
  • When you look at a person’s mouth, you could be saying that you are not comfortable looking in his eyes or that you would like to give him a kiss. Better watch where you look.
  • If you only look at one part of a person’s face, you are telling her that you are nervous.
  • When look away from her or lean away from her, it usually means that you are telling her you don’t like her.
  • When you raise an eye brow, you are probably thinking, “oh really?”
  • Looking up means you are thinking about what a person is saying.
  • Closing your eyes half way tells your partner that you are suspicious while widening your eyes means you are amazed.

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