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Lessons from a Photo Big Day

If you’re looking for advice on which Canon SLR camera setup to take birding with you, look no further than “Lessons From a Photo Big Day“. This article by Scott Whittle and Tom Stephenson relays what they learned about which gear worked best while running a photo big day. While you may have no desire [read more…]

Propping It All Up

I don’t know about you, but spending a week comparing tripod legs and heads isn’t my idea of a good time. I’d rather be poring over a phylogenetic tree. To each zir own! And how could I possibly get that many tripods all at once to compare, anyway? Thankfully for me, there are gear heads [read more…]

Review: Leica Trinovid HD Binoculars

Leica Trinovids were the very first pair of “good” binoculars I ever saw someone using. These weren’t the newer sleeker models, but the old ridge-barreled green numbers that were as distinctive as they were heavy. They were the binoculars of choice for a local expert, a mentor I had as a kid birder growing up [read more…]

SNEAK PEEK! Birder’s Guide to Gear, 2015

The 2015 issue of Birder’s Guide to Gear is now being printed. That means that, if you’re an ABA member, you should find it in your mailbox in the next couple weeks. But you don’t have to wait until then to see what’s inside. And neither do non-members. You can see the entirety of [read more…]

YOUR TURN: Making the Most of Your Next Birding Tour

The March 2015 issue of Birder’s Guide to Travel contains an article by experienced traveler, Dana Duxbury-Fox. She offers tips on how to prepare for a major international trip and–just as importantly–how to behave while you’re there. You can read Dana’s article by clicking here. The entire March 2015 issue of Birder’s Guide is available [read more…]

YOUR TURN: Traveling Light

Do you find yourself overburdened with unneeded stuff when you take a birding trip? Are you having trouble staying under the airlines’ baggage weight restrictions? If so, you might like to check out Stephan Lorenz’s recent article in the December 2014 issue of Birder’s Guide to Gear. You can read this article by clicking here. [read more…]

YOUR TURN: Getting the Most out of Your Camera

Buying the particular gear that’s best for you is only the first step. You then need to know how to use it to get the most bang for your buck. That’s where Bill Schmoker comes in. His article in the December 2014 issue of Birder’s Guide to Gear is titled “Getting the Most out of [read more…]

YOUR TURN: What Makes a Good Field Guide?

That, or some variation thereof, is one of the questions I most often hear from beginning birdwatchers. This article in the December 2014 issue of Birder’s Guide to Gear attempts to answer that question by offering the advice of a diverse set of birders from various corners of Canada and the U.S. These are not [read more…]

2014 Young Birder Gift Guide

A few weeks ago I posed a question to a group of young birders on Facebook. It was pretty straightforward: “What’s on your wish list?” [read more…]

Hands-Off PhoneSkoping

The folks at PhoneSkope continue to innovate, adding a Bluetooth shutter release to their line-up. Having a shutter release (mechanical or electronic) has always been a powerful tool in any digiscoper’s bag of tricks, and this is an elegant way to fire off pics without introducing vibrations by tapping your phone’s screen. Adding to the [read more…]