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”.
Bird Watching Binoculars
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 recommended on this page as a good starting point in your search.
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.
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1. Establish a price range.
2. Determine how you are going to use the binoculars.
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.
What Do Those Numbers Mean?
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.
The first number is the magnification number. In the case of the example that I listed (8) the image will appear eight times larger.
The second number (25) is the diameter of the lens in centimeters. Obviously there will be more light allowed in to a lens with a larger diameter, which means a clearer image.
To make things even clearer check out this video from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology:
How To Locate A Bird With Your Binoculars?
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.
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