May 22, 2014 | Featured Web Article

Getting on the Bird

Like birds (and birders), binoculars come in many shapes and sizes. BWD provides tips for choosing and using optics in the Optics Annual 2014.
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A problem that bird watchers typically encounter more than any other is getting their binocs pointed right at the bird.

Here's a trick.

See a bird. Note where the bird is in relation to a landmark near the bird, such as a red leaf, a crooked branch, a passing cloud, or whatever. Lock your eyes on the bird and don't move them. Bring your binocs up to your eyes. Line up the binocs on the landmark that you spotted, and the bird should be easy to find—unless, of course, the bird has flown.

For further discussion on choosing and using birding optics, check out the 2014 Optics Annual, a free, downloadable eBook from Bird Watcher's Digest »

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