Great Gifts for Birdwatchers 

Great gifts for birdwatchers

With Christmas fast approaching, you might be worried about buying a great gift for your birdwatching friends – well, this article is an excellent place to start. Birdwatching is a brilliant hobby for anyone outdoorsy and interested in nature. Since the pandemic, we are more aware than ever about the importance of being outdoors and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Binoculars for birdwatching 8x vs 10x magnification

8x vs 10 x binoculars - person holding their pair in hand

The small difference in magnification may seem trivial, however, it has a significant impact on factors such as the weight of binoculars, the level of detail that is visible, the ability to locate and focus on close birds, maintaining a stable image, low light conditions, the distance birds are from your lens and how fast birds are moving.

Best Focal Length for Bird Photography?

Best Focal Length For Bird Photography - long lens photographer

Variable focal length lenses with a maximum focal length of between 400mm and 600mm are by far the most popular lenses for bird photography as they provide 8X magnification at 400mm and 12X magnification at 600mm when shooting with a full frame sensor camera.