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.
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.