Birdwatching is a sport that becomes more and more popular every year. In Australia alone there are over 760 species of birds, divided into six categories. Those who enjoy the activity of birding as it is lovingly called, take on several forms. There are weekenders who travel to the wild places on weekends and vacation to see their local aviary friends. Others will travel to different continents, jungles, deserts, and forests to achieve their birding fix.
There are four things every birdwatcher needs, regardless whether they are novice or professional hobbyists:
No matter how much you'd like to, it isn't always possible to get close to our feathered friends. With the right pair of binoculars, you will however, feel like these birds are right in front of you.
Binoculars come in a variety of prices, although this should not be your sole deciding factor. We recommend magnifications between 8x to 10x for birding, with a maximum objective lens of 50mm. Depending on your budget and needs, you may also wish to purchase a pair with additional features.
Our two popular birding binoculars include the saxon 10x42 Rosella Binoculars and the saxon 8x42 Precision Hunting Binoculars. Not only are these binoculars waterproof and fog proof, they also have amazing clarity and come with lens covers, a carry case, and neck strap.
Whether your binoculars are waterproof, fogproof or have image stabilisation, your binoculars will travel far and long with you on your birding journey, and you will need to be comfortable using it.
A field guide to birds will help you identify which birds you are looking at through your Saxon binoculars. The categories to be familiar with in Australia are:
Your journal can be any kind you would like. If you are artistic, it should have room for drawings Even if you are not horribly artistic, simple sketches should be made to accompany and clarify your notes. Like your saxon binoculars, it should be sturdy and well-built. Many serious birders use leather bound journals because of the quality with which they are made.
As a birder, your perseverance and passion will both be tested. Some bird species are more allusive, rare, or live in less accessible areas than others. If you are a determined birdwatcher, these species can be found. By following these tips you can be a passionate, successful birdwatcher in no time.
A few last minute things to remember: