I wanted to put together a quick list of the things I think would make a great gift for your birding friends or yourself this holiday season. I’ve put this together from reviews I’ve done and things you’ve been coming to my site to read about. It’s a quick list you can reference, read a bit about and move onto something else today. Hope you like and would love to hear your thoughts.
In no particular order:
Vanguard Endeavor ED 8545
This Vanguard Endeavor ED 8545 were a pair of binoculars that really took me by surprise. I knew Vanguard was known for their photographic accessories and had achieved distinction with it. When they got into optics I thought it would be a learn as they went thing. I was wrong! The pair that I demoed for them and what I’m hearing from other users has been unbelievably positive. Given the fact that they’re priced below the competition, you really need to take a look at these before you make your next binocular purchase.
BirdJam is a bird identification application that I have been using for years. It is super-fast at locating bird calls and songs and for the Stokes bird images it uses for that quick ID. Since it works with my iPhone, it doesn’t require me to carry anything extra on my birding trips. I can use it with earphones so as not to disturb the local birding landscape which I love. I know there are quite a few of these programs out there but I can tell you firsthand that the product is updated regularly and their customer service is second to none. You can’t go wrong with this tool in your birding pack!
Lowepro Field Station
Now, I’m not a big pack carrying kind of guy. I also don’t have thousands of dollars of photo equipment to haul around. If I did, I probably would have heard the Lowepro name much sooner. They’ve been serving professional photographers for some time and their reputation proceeds them. Recently, I got a chance to demo the Lowepro Field Station pack and I was really impressed. There was a place for everything I needed, it was durable and not a chore to wear for hours. Lowepro defiinitely did NOT farm this design out overseas because it shows the same attention to detail their pro gear has. For less than 100 bucks you can have a pack you’ll be proud to wear for many years to come.
The Crossley Id Guide
This book was long awaited by many birders because of the revolutionary approach it took to identifying and clasifying birds. For me, The Crossley ID Guide was like nothing I’d ever seen before. The quality of the graphics and the logical system for finding birds you’ve noted in the field just blew me away. True, this is NOT a book for the field because of its size and weight. Unless you’re training for birding Mt. Everest and need some serious ballast-LOL! Still, once you make yourself back to the hotel or lodge, this book will help you to identify your findings from that day very quickly. Yes, there is a bit of a learning curve but once you’ve got that down, you’ll love this book.
I told you it would be quick. I hope I’ve helped give you some ideas for that birder on your. Even if that birder is you. Please let me know what you think of my list below as a comment.