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Birdwatching Dot Com - About Wild Birds and Birding
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Your lifetime ticket to the theater of nature
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.
BIRD BRAIN FOR THE MAC
BIRD BRAIN 6.5
World Birding Database for the Mac
You can download a FREE TRIAL.
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.
You can enter an unlimited 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.
Version 6.5 is now available, with loads of new features.
Read more about Bird Brain... Order it
NEW SCOPE DESIGN - REVIEW
Swarovski reinvents the scope
BirdwatchingDot Com 2013 exclusive
We review Swarovski's completely new design in spotting scopes. The ATX Modular Eyepiece integrates the eyepiece and prisms into one unit. Available in 65mm,85mm, or 95mm. See our review.
Saw-whet Owl by Therese Cummiskey
Copyright 2013 Therese Cummiskey
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Therese Cummiskey stopped at Moorhead Park in Ida Grove. There she photographed the exquisitely small and beautiful saw-whet owl above. Therese reports that quot;It was a GOOD DAY. quot;
Thank you, Therese, for permission to share your beautiful photo with visitors to Birdwatching Dot Com.
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OTHER OPTICS REVIEWS
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, Swarovski, and Leica. See our review.
Mid-priced Binoculars Review, by Michael amp; 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 amp; Diane Porter, from November, 2010, Bird Watcher's Digest, takes a look at 34 8x32 binoculars.
High-end Scopes Round-up, by Michael amp; Diane Porter, from November, 2009, Bird Watcher's Digest, shares what the best scopes in world are like.
Mid-priced Scopes Round-up, by Michael amp; Diane Porter, from May, 2009, Bird Watcher's Digest, has hands-on reviews of outstanding values in spotting scopes at moderate prices.
THIS MORNING OUTSIDE
In the grassy field, the goldenrods erupt upward out of their centers. At this tender point of their development the leaves are unblemished, almost perfect. At the top, where yellow flowers will soon unfold, a Henslow's sparrow poses like an early bloom.
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To see more episodes of This Morning Outside with Diane, click the picture matrix.
LATEST NEW INFO
There'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.
TRAVEL SCOPES REVIEW
(January, 2014, issue of Bird Watcher's Digest)
This 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.
Binocular picks for every price
Michael and Diane's favorite binoculars, from the best of the best down to the most economical binoculars with good optics. Many come with free shipping. Updated November, 2013.
New SWAROVSKI POCKET BINS
Swarovski CL Pocket - NEW!
Swarovski's new pocket binocular is good enough to use as a birder's full-time binocular. See Michael and Diane's hands-on review.
Nikon Monarch 5
Michael and Diane compare Nikon's new Monarch 5 binocular to its predecessor, the Monarch ATB and to the Vortex Diamondback.
BIRDING STARTER KIT
Here are the essentials for a successful start in bird watching. We offer five 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.
GREAT GIFTS FOR BIRDERS
Gifts 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.
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 videos, birdig sofs, and tripods for every need and every budget.
Michael and Diane Porter
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