Opticron Spotting Scopes and Opticron Binoculars: The Complete Guide

An OptiCron spotting scope in the field, for Birdwatching

Are you wondering how to start birdwatching? Getting outdoors and exploring the world around us can be an incredibly rewarding and an exciting activity. However, in order to truly get the most from your birding experience, you need the right tools.   Since its launch in 1970, Opticron has grown to become one of the […]

The Best Lens for Bird Photography

The question of what might be “the best” lens for any subject has been a contentious subject for years. It’s often an argument tossed around by amateur photographers through to experts and professionals with very little in the way of a definitive answer. This is because there are a few factors to consider before splashing […]

Everything You Need To Know About Urban Birdwatching

Are you looking to find out more about urban birdwatching? When people first start birding, they often assume that it will mean spending all day outside in nature and being far removed from other people. However, this is not the case, and you do not need to leave your town or city in order to […]

14 Best Cameras for Bird Photography

If you’re ready to make the exciting transition from observing birds to photographing them, you might be a bit overwhelmed when looking for a camera. From the Nikon D850 to the Sony a9, there is a huge variety to choose from. The first step into the universe of birda photography is to choose the camera […]

7 of the Best Birdwatching Apps in the UK

Identifying and recording what you have seen are two aspects of birdwatching that have seen huge improvements with the advent of smartphones. If you are still using a notepad to record your bird sightings, there is no better time than now to pack the notebook away and download a birdwatching identification and listing app.   […]

Best image stabilised binoculars for birdwatching

Image stabilised binoculars for birdwatching

When the opportunity to identify a rare bird presents itself, it helps to have the right tools on hand. Binoculars are essential for anyone looking to observe birds in the wild. Unmatched portability and convenience make the binocular one of the best devices for spotting and identifying birds in their natural habitats. Image stabilised binoculars […]

The Complete Guide to Portable Bird Hides for Photographers & Birdwatchers

Pop Up Bird Hide

You can start watching and photographing birds for free or at a very low cost. All you need are your eyes or a simple pair of binoculars, which are usually relatively affordable. However, you might be somewhat limited in terms of what birds you see. Birds are naturally observant of movement and predators, so if […]

How to start birdwatching – a helpful guide for beginners

Birdwatching Red-necked Stints

Congratulations on starting your journey to become one of the millions of birdwatchers across the globe! Apart from being a fun and exciting hobby for people of all ages, the physical and mental activity involved in birdwatching is good for your general wellbeing. Birdwatching doesn’t have to be an expensive hobby so don’t let budget […]

What is the heaviest bird in the world?

heaviest bird in the world

When looking at the heaviest bird in the world, there are two distinct categories. The first is the outright heaviest bird in the world and the second is the heaviest flying bird in the world. Heaviest bird in the world The heaviest bird in the world is the Common Ostrich (Struthio camelus) with an average […]

Top birdwatching destinations in the world

Top birding locations - Birds in the sky against the sunset

Where to go birding? The world’s appetite for getting outdoors has become super evident since the advent of the pandemic. It’s becoming increasingly apparent that people are looking for safe activities to do outside. It is no longer something that only the die-hard adventurer seeks. More people are looking for accessible outdoor places to explore. […]

The best US states for bird watching, a Helpful Illustrated Guide

The Best US States For Birdwatching - map of USA with state names

So, you’ve got major gaps in your life list and grown a little tired of your backyard American Robin! It’s time to plan a trip to spy some new plumage! You’re looking to maximise the bang for your buck so the choice for most people would be to start by looking at the states with […]

Karoo national park birding – Embizweni Cottage

Embizweni Cottage in Karoo National Park

A 4:30am alarm is early, even when you are going on holiday. Our first stop on a 10-day road trip to Durban is in Karoo National Park, just outside the N1 town of Beaufort West. This was to be our second visit to the park but our first with a 4×4 and hence our newfound […]

Birds of Kruger National Park – a checklist

Kruger National Park Birding Checklist

This Kruger National Park Birding Checklist is compiled from over 13 million SABAP2 records for South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. The checklist includes a count of the number of times each species has been recorded in SABAP2 for both South Africa and Kruger National Park. This will provide users with a good indication of how […]

Best lightweight binoculars for birdwatching In 2022

When you are looking for the best lightweight birding binoculars, most of us are trying to find a balance between weight, high quality optics, durability and value for money.In this post, I am going to take a high level look at a variety of lightweight binoculars that will hopefully cover the needs of everyone from […]

Famous birdwatchers & birdwatching celebrities

Famous Birders - Birdwatching Celebrities

There is a misconception that most birdwatchers are from the blue-rinse retiree section of society. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, when you start digging around, we found that there is a huge diversity of famous birdwatching celebrities, from presidents and prime ministers to actors, musicians, scientists and royalty. I think you’ll […]

Rare birds in Kruger National Park

A rare vulture in flight - this bird had a red face and brown wings

The rare birds of Kruger National Park is a list of South African species that are generally only seen in Kruger National Park. For example, 2,956 of the 2,981 (99%) of Yellow-billed Oxpecker sightings were seen in Kruger National Park. So, it’s safe to say that Kruger is the place to visit if you want […]

Country with most bird species

Colombia, the country with most bird species

Colombia is without doubt the country with the most bird species. The exact number of bird species in Columbia however depends on who is counting! How we found the country with the most bird species Accoring to Birdlife International, columbia is home to 1,878 species of bird. Avibase on the other hand counts species based on many different […]

Top Bird Hides in Cape Town

Bird Hides

There is nothing like relaxing in a nice bird hide and settling in for a good days birding. If you are living in or visiting Cape Town, there are myriad beautiful places to visit for some great birding. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Table Mountain and Cape Point are all spectacular and well-known locations to spot our […]

Is birdwatching one word or two

Birding word cloud

If you are just getting into birding, you may be surprised by the multiple ways that people spell birdwatching | bird-watching | bird watching. I was just as surprised, so since I’ve been starting to write more and more about birding, I decided to do a bit of research to see if there is a […]

What is the average age of birdwatchers?

Age of birders - a group of young birdwatchers birding

Many people think that birdwatching is a hobby for the middle-aged or retirees. The 2016 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey, however, paints an entirely different picture. The survey shows that birdwatchers who go birding ‘Away-from-Home’ have an average age of 49 with 47% being under the age of 45. For ‘Around-the-Home’ birdwatchers, the average […]