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Eagle Optics Shrike Binocular

Hands-on Review

by Diane Porter

Eagle Optics Shrike BinocularThe basic birding binocular

The Eagle Optics Shrike 8x42 is a good birding binocular, with a bright, clear image. And it costs under $100.

We like this binocular so much that we include it in our Better Birdwatching Starter Kit.

I love to hand a one of these Shrikes to someone who shows up at a birding trip carrying crummy binoculars she's had forever. And then she looks through the Shrike, and her face lights up and she goes, "Oh! Now I see it. What a beautiful bird!"

What a difference it makes to have good optics.

Schools use it

Several schools and nature centers have ordered class sets of Eagle Optics Shrikes from us, to use in birdwatching programs. One junior high school teacher ordered 20 pairs and then came back after two years and got some more, so that every student could have one on their field trips. She said that all 20 of the original pairs were still in good working order, after heavy use in her classes throughout two school years.

She also said the kids in the birdwatching class were thrilled to go birdwatching with good, easy-to-use binoculars. And they were getting really serious about watching birds.

Eye relief

The 8x42 Shrike has 17.5 mm of eye relief. This is long eye relief, which allows everyone can see the full field of view, including people who are wearing glasses. This matters a lot to glasses wearers, who need to be able to get the full picture, not just the center of it.

With short eye relief With long eye relief

Optical quality

The binocular has fully multi-coated lenses. The image quality is good. In fact, for a binocular costing under $100, it is amazing.


The Shrike is waterproof and sealed with O-rings to prevent moisture, dust, and debris from getting inside the binocular.

Better Birdwatching Starter KitIn the Birdwatching Starter Kit

We include this binocular in our Better Birdwatching Starter Kit.

This is our most popular starter kit. Many people find it an ideal gift for a beginning birder or for a youngster with a developing interest in watching birds.


The Shrike comes with the Eagle Optics Platinum Protection unlimited, unconditional lifetime warranty.

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