For those of you who are just starting out in birding or any other wildlife pursuit, you may decide not to spend a huge amount of money on your first tripod.
And that’s OK.
You’ll be able to do the majority of things with a cheaper tripod that you can do with a more expensive one. Understand there are some limitations though, such as not being able to carry as much weight and not performing as smooth transitions when moving your optical equipment.
Humans have pretty good vision, sure, but unless your name’s Superman you aren’t going to be able to bird watch properly. Binoculars are part of your tracking tools, used in conjunction with other equipment such as your field guide and camera equipment.
A pair of eyes can’t zoom and a spotting scope doesn’t allow you to generate a 3D image, lowering the quality. With binoculars you get the best of both worlds, simultaneously accessing the big and small picture.
Bring the birds to you. You don't have to go traversing across savannah or wander up mountains to get sight of some exquisite birds. By setting up a bird table you'll attract dozens of plumage-puffing species desperate for you to take a picture of them in all their glory.
Is it a bird?
Oh, Ok. Well which one?
You can’t answer this question, can you? You’re the butt of all your friends jokes, alone on your quest for feathery knowledge. Soon, after you finish reading our birding guides, you’ll be on your way to becoming what you’ve always wanted: Guru Raptor.