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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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New Zeiss Victory SF
Hands-on Comparison

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A Birdwatching Dot Com Exclusive

Michael & Diane Porter compare the gray Zeiss Victory SF binocular introduced in 2015 to the new Victory SF that Zeiss brought out in late fall 2016.

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Read our report on what has changed in the NEW Zeiss Victory SF... and how to tell them apart.
Click here.

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BIRD BRAIN FOR THE MAC

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BIRD BRAIN 7.1  
World Birding Database for the Mac

New version Bird Brain 7.1 is now available!
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 200 nations and any US state or Canadian province. Nearly any bird report you can want, Bird Brain will create.

We can do a custom import of your AviSys data to Bird Brain for $20.

Read more about Bird Brain...    

Buy Bird Brain

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REVIEW by MICHAEL & DIANE

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Affordable 8x42 Binoculars

Team IowaMichael & Diane Porter and a team of Iowa birders test, compare, and report on 13 birding binoculars that sell from about $200 to $300.

Read how the judges rated each binocular.

And read how to audition a binocular for yourself.

See the whole article.

This review also appears in the July, 2016 issue of Bird Watcher's Digest.

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GUEST PHOTO
Great Blue Heron by Joseph Stanski

Great Blue Heron by Joseph StanskiPhoto copyright 2016 Joe Stanski

See full image

On a July afternoon, Joseph Stanski found this Great Blue Heron at the marsh by Lamson Woods in Fairfield, Iowa, and took its photo.

This is just part of the image. To see the whole picture, click here.

See many of Joe's Iowa landscapes, garden scenes, and barns at Iowa Landscapes Galleries.

Thanks, Joseph, for letting us share your beautiful photo with visitors to Birdwatching Dot Com.

See past guest photos

 
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 THIS MORNING OUTSIDE
with Diane

White-breasted Nuthatch

The architecture of feathers dumbfounds me. The scalloped border between white face and black head, the soft grey velvet cape, the precisely layered wings. The thin dark line behind the White-breasted Nuthatch's appraising eye.

This Morning Outside Index See larger picture

Want 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 2016

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.


  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.

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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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OTHER OPTICS REVIEWS

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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.

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 bargain 2nd-tier binoculars by Zeiss, Swarovski, 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.

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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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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.

 

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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