July 14, 2013
Birdwatching Dot Com
I adore the geometry of the purple martins. The hexagonal golden gapes of the babies. The mathematical arch of the mother bird's wings.
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from This Morning Outside
We've looked through and tested a lot of 80mm spotting scopes that are under $700, and the same one always comes up Number One in optical quality.
It's the Alpen 788, for under $500 (in 2013). Sharp and bright way beyond its price range.
Comes with a tabletop tripod, so you can use it right away even if you don't have your full-length tripod yet.
David Sibley's basics book is about the essence of birding—identification. The book is compact and easy to understand.
Everything you need to know about what to look for when you see a bird.
Beautiful, clear illustrations.