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Birdwatching Dot Com is about wild birds and the sport of birding. It's for everyone who's interested in bird watching and enjoying nature.


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CLASH OF THE TITANS

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Comparing the 3 top binoculars

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Titans in Hand

Swarovski EL Swarovision
Leica Ultravid HD Plus
Zeiss Victory SF

This review by Michael & Diane Porter also appears in the July, 2015 issue of Bird Watcher's Digest.

Read the complete review

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SPECIAL PRICING ON SWAROVSKI EL

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10 % off all Swarovision EL binos
SwarovisionsOnly rarely does Swarovski put their top-end EL binoculars on sale. So if you've been thinking about getting yourself an EL, this is a great opportunity to save hundreds of dollars off the usual on-sale price.

Sale runs through November 15, 2015.

More details

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BIRD BRAIN FOR THE MAC

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BIRD BRAIN 6.5  
World Birding Database for the Mac

You can download a FREE TRIAL.
Bird Brain

Bird Brain is a birding database for Macintosh computers.

Use Bird Brain to record your sightings and keep your life list, photos, QuickTime movies, notes, and other files.

Bird Brain 6.1Enter any amount of information with each record.

Bird Brain makes all kinds of life lists. It creates checklists and target lists for over 200 nations and any US state or Canadian province. Nearly any kind of bird report you can think up, Bird Brain will create.

Read more about Bird Brain...    Order it

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GUEST PHOTO
MacGillivray's Warbler by Helen Blake

Red-throated Loon by Sherry WynnCopyright 2015 Helen Blake

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Helen Black photographed this MacGillivray's Warbler in early July, 2015, in Montana.

Thank you, Helen, for permission to share your gorgeous photo with visitors to Birdwatching Dot Com.

See past guest photos

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OTHER OPTICS REVIEWS

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Pocket Binocular Reviews
Nov. 2013 Birdwatching Dot Com exclusive
Here are links to our reviews of compact binoculars of a variety of prices, and an overview of what a birder hopes to find in a good pocket binocular.
See our review.

Best-of-the-best Bins Review
May, 2012 Bird Watcher's Digest
We review high-end binoculars in the 8x42 size class, selling for $600 and up. Review includes exciting new 2nd-tier binoculars by Zeiss, noneSwarovski, and Leica.
See our review.

Mid-priced Binoculars Review, by Michael & Diane Porter, from January, 2012, Bird Watcher's Digest, covers 8x42 binoculars with street prices between $200 and $600.

Mid-sized Binoculars Review, by Michael & Diane Porter, from November, 2010, Bird Watcher's Digest, takes a look at 34 8x32 binoculars.

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 THIS MORNING OUTSIDE
with Diane

White-eyed Vireso

After the big rain this morning, White-eyed Vireo came out wet and singing. He's a surprise of a little bird, with that stark white of his eye. He fixes you with that eye, white around a darker center, like our own, and you feel, well, seen.

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His song seems all of a surprise, too. Starts with a tsk and ends with a pop.

Hear his song

This Morning Outside IndexWant more?

To see more episodes of This Morning Outside with Diane, click the picture matrix.

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CLOSEST-FOCUSING BINOCULAR

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PapilioPentax Papilio

Want to watch butterflies up close? The Pentax Papilio focuses as close as 18 inches! Also works at distance, so it's good for birds, too.

It's a low-cost binocular to extend your enjoyment of nature. Compact. Lightweight.

Comes in 8.5x21 ($129.95) and 6.5x21 ($109.95).

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LATEST NEW INFO ON TRIPODS

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TRIPOD KITS 2015

Vortex Razor HD 50mmThere's a bewildering number of tripods and heads. So we studied and tested them. Here are the best solutions for birders.

They range from affordable aluminum to top-line Gitzo carbon fiber. Each matched to the right head. Something for every price range.


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 TRAVEL SCOPES

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TRAVEL SCOPES REVIEW
(January, 2014, issue of Bird Watcher's Digest)

Vortex Razor HD 50mmThis review compares spotting scopes with objective lenses of 65mm or less, ranging from extremely inexpensive to the world's best scopes.

It aims to help you decide which small scope would work best for you and the way you watch birds.

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  BINOCULAR FAVORITES

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Our Binocular Faves
Michael and Diane's personal picks in binoculars, from the least expensive good binoculars to the ultimate in high-end optics. Many come with free shipping.


HUMMINGBIRD FEEDERS

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Bring beauty to your backyard
Gem Hummingbird FeederSee the well-named Jewel Box hummingbird feeder, or the tiny Gem hummingbird feeder, and many more. Our personal selection of feeders that are easy to clean and attractive both to hummers and to people.

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  BIRDING STARTER KIT

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Starter KitHere are the essentials for a successful start in bird watching. We offer several Birdwatching Starter Kits at a range of prices.

A great favorite is the Better Birdwatching Starter Kit, with a Shrike binocular, a field guide to help you identify the birds you see, and our own DVD, How to Start Watching Birds.


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  GREAT GIFTS FOR BIRDERS

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SpecialsGifts for birdwatchers. Many specials and closeouts on great binoculars. Our pick of the best high-quality bargain spotting scope. Feeders and birdbaths for a backyard bird oasis.

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  New SWAROVSKI POCKET BINS

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Swarovski CL Pocket - NEW!
Swarovski CL PocketSwarovski's new pocket binocular is good enough to use as a birder's full-time binocular. See Michael and Diane's hands-on review.

 
 

In the Birdwatching Dot Com store, we offer bird feeders, bird baths, and bird houses. These are things to transform your backyard into an oasis of wildlife for you to enjoy. You'll find squirrel-proof feeders, hummingbird feeders, and various artistic feeders. Get a birdhouse for your wrens, or attract purple martins with purple martin gourds and houses. We have birding DVDs and audio CDs, birding software, binoculars, scopes, and tripods for every need and every budget.

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