I just started kayaking last year. I had plenty of experience with smaller boats before, but I noticed some unique things about kayaking. Birds. My previous small-boat experience was mainly on small sailboats, in salt water. "Birds" were mainly gulls, whose chief function seemed to be shitting on your boat.The 'yak takes me to tidal waters and freshwater lakes that I previously wouldn't have bothered sailing on. Interesting birds completely ignore the kayak-it must look like some big weird fish to them. I once paddled through a flock of swans, who ignored me until I was 10 feet away. Another time, my friend pointed out a Great Blue Heron in a tree. We went within 10 yards before it flew away in a puff of dander.