Line of Sight Binoculars

The Best Binoculars For Bird Watching

Trying to spot a small bird in the trees is a little more difficult than watching an elephant whilst on safari. So you need the tools to ensure that you can enjoy your hobby. Having the best binoculars for bird watching makes the difference between whether you can identify that bird or whether it’s just a blur in the distance.

Whether your budget is large or small, buying binoculars for bird watching needs some careful thought and consideration in order to find the right binocular for your needs. After all, apart from a birding field guide, a binocular is the single most important tool in the birder’s armoury, so you need to make the right decision before parting with your hard earned cash.

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Assess Your Requirements

Ask yourself some of the following questions to assess what type of binocular and which binocular features are important to you.

Will you be doing most of your bird watching as a backyard birder from the comfort of your own home? Then perhaps spending extra for waterproof binoculars or lightweight binoculars is not so important for you

It’s going to be important to really consider the spec you need.  It might be tempting to leap straight in with a high magnification to get a closer & more detailed look. But, that has its drawbacks as the higher the magnification, the narrower the field of view.  So that means that you get to see more when looking through 8x than you would with 10x.  It’s also worth considering that you’re more likely to spot a bird and then being able to follow it with the lower magnification.   And you’re not always focusing on one individual bird, if you’re watching a flock then you’re going to see more individuals if you have a  lower magnification. 

So lots to think about.   If you want to find out more about some of the key things to look out for in your next set of binoculars, have a look at our Buyers Guide.   Below you’ll find some of our top picks to help you in your decision making. 

Our Choice of Bird Watching Binoculars

Photo Title Price Buy
Wingspan Optics NaturePro HD 8X42 Professional Binoculars for Bird Watching. Experience Vivid Color, Clarity and Brightness Up Close or Far Away. Wide Field of View. Close Focus. Waterproof, Fog Proof from $124.92
Wingspan Optics FieldView 8X32 Compact Binoculars for Bird Watching. Lightweight and Compact for Hours of Bright, Clear Bird Watching. Also for Outdoor Sports Games and Concerts (Formerly Spectator) from $64.92
ZoomX Binoculars for Adults. 10x42 Waterproof Lightweight Compact Binocular Prism Bak4. HD Binocular for Bird Watching Hunting Traveling and Sightseeing with Smartphone Adapter, Grey from $69.99
SkyGenius 10 x 50 Powerful Binoculars for Adults Durable Full-Size Clear Binoculars for Bird Watching Travel Sightseeing Hunting Wildlife Watching Outdoor Sports Games and Concerts $39.99
Wingspan Optics FieldView 8X32 Compact Binoculars for Bird Watching. Lightweight and Compact for Hours of Bright, Clear Bird Watching. Also for Outdoor Sports Games and Concerts (Formerly Spectator) from $64.92
Wingspan Optics NaturePro HD 8X42 Professional Binoculars for Bird Watching. Experience Vivid Color, Clarity and Brightness Up Close or Far Away. Wide Field of View. Close Focus. Waterproof, Fog Proof from $124.92
Binoculars 10x42 | Compact and Lightweight | Best for Adults, Bird Watching, Sports Events, Concerts, Safari, or Hunting - Includes Smart Phone Adapter, Tripod, Neck Strap, Case, and Cleaning Cloth from $69.99
SkyGenius 10 x 50 Powerful Binoculars for Adults Durable Full-Size Clear Binoculars for Bird Watching Travel Sightseeing Hunting Wildlife Watching Outdoor Sports Games and Concerts $39.99