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 7.2
World Birding Database for the Mac
New version Bird Brain 7.2 is now available!
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.
Enter 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...
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FREE HARNESS & BIRDING DVD
VORTEX DIAMONDBACK 8X42
We like the Vortex Diamondback. It's our best -selling binocular, and it sets the standard for good, reliable optics in the medium price range.
It comes with a lifetime no-fault warranty that actually covers accidental damage!
Limited-time offer: With each 8x42 Vortex Diamondback binocular you purchase from Birdwatching Dot Com, we'll include a free Vortex Harness and our birding DVD, "How to Start Watching Birds."Â $219.99.
Vortex Diamondback 8x42
VORTEX DIAMONDBACK 8X42 binocular
FREE VORTEX HARNESS
FREE BIRDING DVD
Snowy Owl by Kathy Tollenaere
Photo copyright 2018 Kathy Tollenaere
Kathy Tollenaere reveled in the Midwestern winter by spotting this Snowy Owl on a birding trip to Mount Pleasant, Michigan.
Thank you, Kathy, for permission to share your beautiful photo with visitors to Birdwatching Dot Com.
To see a larger picture, click here.
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REVIEW by MICHAEL & DIANE
Top Binocular Review Update
Since our 2015 Titans review of the top Leica, Swarovski, and Zeiss binoculars, all three manufacturers have brought out new models.
Michael and Diane Porter do a hands-on, side-by-side comparison and report on the 2016 Swarovski EL with FieldPro Package, the 2016 black Zeiss SF, and the completely new-in-2017 Leica Noctivid.
See the whole article.
THIS MORNING OUTSIDE
I hadn't seen a bluebird for a month. But this morning I heard sweet notes from the woods, tur-a-lur. Already that made me feel pretty cheerful. And then this female Eastern Bluebird lit and lingered a while before my eyes.
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To see more episodes of This Morning Outside with Diane, click the picture matrix.
SWAROVSKI BTX REVIEW
THE TWO-EYED SCOPE
The new Swarovski BTX Ocular Module lets you see through a superb spotting scope while using both eyes!
Your brain is designed to compare images coming from two eyes to construct what you see. Using two eyes makes the image more real, richer, and more natural.
Michael and Diane give a guided tour through this new and revolutionary optical product.
See our review.
NEW REVIEW — POCKET BINS
POCKET BINOCULARS 2018
We review 14 pocket binoculars. Prices range from top end to dirt cheap.
Individual reviews of 10 noteworthy binoculars.Â
This review originally appeared in the January 2018 Bird Watcher's Digest.
READ THE REVIEW
LATEST NEW INFO ON TRIPODS
TRIPOD KITS 2017
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.
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.
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.Chelsea
OTHER OPTICS REVIEWS
Affordable 8x42 Binoculars
Report on birding binoculars — $200 to $300
Read how the judges rated each affordable binocular. And how to audition a binocular for yourself.
See whole article
Pocket Binocular Reviews
Feb. 2017 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.
Swarovski CL Pocket
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.
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.
BIRDING STARTER KIT
Here 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.
In the Birdwatching Dot Com store, we offer binoculars and spotting scopes, and we review them personally. You can also find bird feeders and bird baths here. We have squirrel-proof feeders, cardinal feeders, and hummingbird feeders.We'll help you attract purple martins with housing audio CDs. We make Bird Brain birding software for the Mac. And we report on bird trips.
Michael and Diane Porter
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2197 236th Blvd., Fairfield, IA 52556
Phone 800-779-7256 (US and Canada)