This week I went outside to do some birdwatching because it’s the time of year when birds are migrating through my area. I get to see birds that I don’t normally see other times of the year.
I was outside looking for birds, and I saw one perch in the distance. It looked like it had yellow underneath and gray on top, so it had a contrasting color. I could tell it was a medium-size bird, but I couldn’t see any details on it to understand what kind of bird it could be. I didn’t have enough information to even look it up in a book or on the internet because I couldn’t see it well enough.
Later I got a pair of binoculars and went back outside to watch the birds, and one little bird flew into a tree that was not too far in front of me. It was kind of hidden behind the leaves, and it was hopping around. It was hard to see until I used the binoculars.
When I looked at that bird through the binoculars, suddenly I could see all of its tiny movements, and I could see all of the details on its body. I could tell that it had yellow feathers with black and white bars on its wings and more black and white stripes along its tail. I got enough information about the pattern of its feathers that I could look it up later and narrow it down to one type of bird.
It was also really fun to watch the bird hopping around in the tree, and it made me feel like I was part of its world. I could understand it a little better because I could get such an up close view of it.
I also used the binoculars to watch some butterflies later. The butterflies I was watching are called longtailed skippers and they do not stay still very long as their name skipper implies. They were skipping from one frostweed plant to another, but because I was using the binoculars, I wasn’t close enough to scare them away. They stayed on the plants longer than they would have if I had been closer to them, but I still got a great detailed view of their wings and of their feeding habits.
Binoculars are a great tool for your kids to use because kids can get an up close view of nature that they wouldn’t normally get. They won’t scare animals away because they won’t be walking right up to them. They can keep their distance, so even if they make some sounds or talk to you or to other kids, they won’t scare these animals away.
Using binoculars is also a great skill for your kids to learn to enjoy now because they can use binoculars their entire lives as a way to enjoy nature.
How do binoculars work? They have curved lenses in them that bend light. This makes very distant objects come into focus.
There are different kinds of binoculars that can focus on objects at different distances, so the best way to figure out what kind of binoculars to use is to go somewhere that sells them and try them out in the store. Figure out which ones are going to be easiest for your child to use.
This week I have the opportunity to try Vortex Diamondback Classic binoculars, and I really enjoyed that I could focus them easily and my eyes did not feel strained. Sometimes binoculars that can help you see a great distance away can be hard to hold steady, and you need a stand to put them on. Find the binoculars that are the easiest to use but that still give you a great view of the animals that you want to see.
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