There are so many things to appreciate in nature. Birds are just one type of creature. But because they are all around us, even in urban areas, it is easier to watch them than any other wild animals.
Bird watching is such an accessible interest. No equipment or knowledge is required. There’s not even a need to go anywhere special. Just move around your neighborhood or sit in the local park. The birds pass by and, if you’re lucky, settle near you. I love this accessibility. And I think it is important to know that bird watching is not only for those with fancy gear or in-depth knowledge.
Many people discover, though, as their interest in birds grows, they would like to know more. More about where to go to find birds. More about what birds are up to in their daily lives. More about why birds behave as they do. Other bird watchers realize that they would like to see more too. To see what birds are up to undisturbed by humans, how flocks of them interact in the distance, what birds look like in flight.
Speaking of flying, I travel a lot. Part of the fun of this is discovering the local birdlife in different parts of the world. A nomadic life also means that I don’t want to waste space in my bag on any optics that don’t deliver what they promise, or gear that isn’t worth its weight in baggage allowance.
There are some amazing optical instruments and tools to help us discover natural wonders. This website is aimed at helping bird watchers explore the world of birds - both by understanding them and by using optical instruments to meet more of them up close.