If you love nature and are looking for a reason to be in the great outdoors, maybe you should consider bird watching. The thing about birding is that it is a relaxing hobby but it can also be mentally stimulating since you have to figure out what bird species your eyes are looking at. Getting started is easy. Just get yourself the following equipment and a passion for wings, beaks and feathers, and you’ll be good to go.
What exactly do you need to get your hobby going?
The very first thing you need is a good pair of binoculars. You can get these from Amazon starting from a few 10s of dollars. Depending on how serious you are about your new hobby, you might want to get one solid one that will last long even though it might cost you a bit. It is better than getting an el cheapo piece that will fall apart after a while. You also have the option of using a monocular. This can be easy to carry around and much easier to focus, but then you have to squint one eye to see with the other.
A field guide is a book that contains information about the different birds that you might come across in your bird watching. Yes, it’s easy to think you might just substitute this with Google. While that might be true, a good field guide will be far handier. It is more than just a simple reference. It contains bird names, bird plumage at different stages of their lives and for different sexes, their calls, diet, migration patterns, as well as lifespans. This is enough information for you to identify whatever birds you might be looking at.
It is a good idea to keep records of the birds you find when out in the field. A notebook is enough for detailing all the varieties of birds you come across. You could also carry a camera to take pictures. You could get a brand new one or even a good second hand on eBay or Amazon depending on how heavy your pocket is.