Admit it. You love birds.
And when you go out bird watching, you really look forward to spotting some beautiful birds that will make your bird watching memorable.
You want to hear a bird singing and immediately find the little beauty among the thick trees.
You want to get a good look at all the beautiful colors and exquisite detail found in the large variety of birds in your backyard, the woods and beyond.
And you really look forward to having a really “WOW” experience, by seeing birds you've never seen before.
So, you get your gear on and go out in the field really anticipating having a great bird watching adventure. Or, if you’re a backyard birder, you pull out your old binoculars hoping to see all the new bird friends that started visiting your back yard at the beginning of the season.
But then…Something unexpected happens.
Where you were hoping to get a magnificent view of these pretty little birds, you get a lot of black shadows that block your view, instead.
Or, you hear a bird in the trees and you spend all your time trying to find it, only to find yourself not being able to find the little songbird as it hides behind the foliage.
Or, after a lot of effort, you finally find your bird among the trees, but the image is so shaky that you can't get a pleasant view; and suddenly, you lose him again.
You even spot a rare specimen you've never seen before, and as you try to focus your binoculars, he flies away. And no matter how frantically you scan the sky back and forth, you just can't tell where he went.
So, what you were hoping would be a memorable outing, turns out to be disappointing to say the least. You didn't see any birds you wanted, because you spent most of your time fidgeting with your binoculars trying to get them to work properly. And, at the end of the day, all you had to show for your outing was the neck strain you received from having to carry your big, bulky and heavy binoculars around.
But, you have to wonder, why does something that seems so easy, like enjoying a simple bird watching outing, turn out to be such hard work? Why does something that seems like it would be so peaceful and enjoyable, bring so much frustration instead?
Interestingly, you're not alone. Out of 40 million bird watchers in the US, countless articles and forums describe fellow bird watchers complaining about similar experiences:
"I hear the bird but I can't find the it in the trees."
"I keep seeing black spots in my view."
"If I find the bird, the view is so shaky I can't see clearly."
"When my bird flies a way, I search the skies but I can never find it again."
"When I try to see up close, I can't get a clear image."
"I keep getting neck strain from carrying these heavy binoculars around my neck."
And so on, and so on…
But what could be causing all of the obstacles to such a simple pastime like bird watching?
I mean, why is it becoming so difficult to truly get the most enjoyment you can out of your bird watching experiences?
It's your binoculars, plain and simple.
It's amazing that something so small could have such an impact on your entire bird watching experience, but it’s true.
Let's face it, having the right binoculars could help you create the most memorable bird watching experiences of your life. But, having the wrong binoculars can turn your birding adventure into an exercise in frustration.
But why does this happen?
This happens, because not all binoculars are created equal. Some binoculars are created for hunting; some are created for stargazing; and some are created for watching sports games and concerts. And some are specially designed for bird watching.
And if the binoculars you are using for birding are not specially designed for bird watching, then you're in for a lot of disappointment.
And because 80% of bird watchers get their binoculars by either borrowing them from a friend or family member, using an old pair they find in the attic; or get their binoculars from buying a cheap pair on Amazon or Walmart, then you start to understand why this problem so common.
So, if you're interested in having the ultimate bird watching experience, then it is going to mean finding a pair of binoculars that are specially designed for bird watching.
But what do binoculars need to have in order to create the ultimate bird watching experience?