Bird-watching is pretty hard work

May 18, 2009 5:16:05 AM PDT
Bird-watching isn't for wimps.

At least not the way Bill Baker and his buddies do it.

Baker was part of a three-man team competing in the recent Great Texas Birding Classic.

The birders prowl the Texas coastline, seeing who can spot the most species over five days.

Baker says they don't get much sleep and subsist on fast food.

And these bird-watchers even have to play hurt.

"Warblers neck" is a common injury, a cramp that comes from all that upward head tilting.

But it was worth it.

Baker's team won a 65-pound bronze trophy shaped like an egret and the chance to award $10,000 to a conservation project.

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