Bird watching binoculars can be a terrific asset to the backyard bird watcher.
When the birds are flitting about your bird feeders or their birdhouses or simply cavorting in the mister or the birdbath.
You can play the childhood game of “I spy with my little eye”.
Or, you can get up close and personal with birding binoculars.
Many people assume that binoculars are too expensive and difficult to use. However, the contrary is true, look at the binoculars I recommend in my Shop.
They come in many shapes and sizes as well as a broad range of prices. But before you rush out and purchase a pair of bird watching binoculars there are some important things to consider.
1. Establish a price range.
2. Determine how you are going to use the binoculars.
3. Decide if they will be left in a single location convenient to the backyard or whether you will be taking them on birding treks.
Consider what is the comfortable weight of binoculars.
Trust me, after holding binoculars to your eyes for a considerable length of time for bird identification purposes, your wrists and forearms may start shouting “I’m too tired for this anymore!”.
And remember, bigger binoculars do not necessarily mean better. You may want to consider compact binoculars for bird watching. I also give a recommendation in my Shop for a good pair to purchase.
Have you ever wondered what those numbers on your binoculars mean (ie. 8 x 25)?
I know that I used to be baffled by them. Well, it is really quite simple.
To make things even clearer check out this video from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology:
I don’t know about you, but I have a terrible time locating an object with my binoculars, or camera.
The most important thing to remember is to focus on the bird with your own eyes and then, when you have a visual as to its location bring the binoculars up to your eyes while keeping your eyes focused on the bird or object you are looking at.
Like everything else your mother told you, “Practice does make perfect!”, or at the least, better.
You can find more information on birding binoculars here.
There are other products available for birding adventures besides bird watching binoculars.
Joining a bird watching club will also get you in touch with experienced bird watchers who can give you guidance and share their experience.
choice you make, if you take into consideration some of the points
listed above you will be much happier with your decision.