Binoculars for your birdwatching adventure

Get to know your local avian neighbors.

bird on a branch
Hi hi, birdie.Photos by Beks via Unsplash

Birdwatching can be truly mind-blowing when you realize just how many different species are all around us. Grab a pair of these binoculars and an identification book or app and soon spotting that rare warbler or raptor will become your personal holy grail.

With birding binoculars, lens width is important to capture all that soaring or diminishing into a speck on the horizon. Here are three excellent options that fit the bill. You can also pack them up and bring them on safari in order to spot far-off lions, cheetahs, and elusive leopards. Just be sure to avoid looking directly into the sun.

Celestron 71332 Nature DX 8X42
Well-priced comfort and excellence.Amazon

These binoculars are comfortable, light, and easy to handle. Whether you’re watching shorebirds flock or are fascinated by pigeons fighting over a french fry on the other side of the street, you’ll enjoy both a wide field of view at a distance and a sharp focus close up.

Adorrgon 12x42 Powerful Binoculars with Clear Weak Light Vision
Watch hawks like a hawk.Amazon

Some birds obligingly hop about their surroundings, while others have a majestic and far-reaching range. If you’re focused on eagles, hawks, falcons or owls, these binoculars are right for you. They offer a field of view of 650 feet at a distance of over a half-mile away. Put another way, that’s a field of view that’s wider than 2.5 football fields lined up next to each other.

Bushnell H2O Waterproof/Fogproof Roof Prism Binocular 8X42
Birds of a feather in any weather.Amazon

This pair is a good value all on its own. For intrepid birders in boats or braving wet conditions, the waterproof and fogproof features make them a fine choice to pack alongside your rain jacket. People who wear glasses will appreciate the adjustable eye cups.