Bird watching is a hobby and a passion for many people and it is enjoyed by all age ranges. It is such a perfect way to enjoy nature to its fullest, as you can hear the beautiful song of birds, the way that they interact with each other and you can discover all of their fascinating habits.
There are many reasons why people enjoy bird watching, whether it is because they originally saw a rare type or a bird and it fascinated them enough to want to take on bird watching, or it could be just a hobby that they have always enjoyed.
Whatever the reason is, it can be enjoyed everywhere — whether you watch it from your own back garden, or whether you go into a forestry looking for specific types of birds. And if you really enjoy bird watching, you can join one of the many bird watching clubs in the US very easily.
Bird Watching Equipment
To enjoy your bird watching experience to the fullest, there is a range of essential bird watching equipment that is available to purchase.
- A great pair of binoculars
No bird watching experience would be the same without a great pair of binoculars on your bird watching equipment as they are the thing that offer you the greatest view of each bird close up.
You may want to get the best pair that you can afford. Generally, the ones that offer up to ten times the magnification are a great way to get the optimum experience and views of different birds.
A notebook is also part of bird watching equipment. It is something that will help you to mark down any types of birds that you see, whether you recognize them or not. If you see a bird and you are not sure what species it is, you can write down the description and research it later.
You may want to have a protective cover for your notebook in order to avoid it getting damaged and wet during periods of rain. Also, you should try to use a waterproof pen. You will be out in naturewhen bird watching, not sheltered from the environment inside an office.
Other bird watching equipment that can help give you the best possible bird watching experience include:
- A telescope for when you are on the coast, or a tripod to watch shorebirds.
- A satchel to carry a bird identification guide and other small equipment.
- A compass can be used to navigate forestry.
- If you are looking in the hills for birds, an altimeter can be a great way to find out the altitude of where the birds may be.
- Lightweight, dark clothing and a dark hat.
- A pair of long trousers and some boots to cover up parts of your legs. You can tuck the trousers into the boots in order to offer protection against anything sharp or prickly.
All of the bird watching equipment mentioned above can really help you to get closer to nature and to enjoy the experience as much as possible.