Liveblog – We’re at the Birding Optics and Gear Expo!

Tim SchreckengostGear2 Comments

Bird Watcher’s Digest is hosting a free try-before-you-buy event, the Birding Optics and Gear Expo, at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center in Columbus, Ohio this weekend. I’ll be hanging out at the Phone Skope booth all weekend, so if you’re in the area, swing by to talk about digiscoping, birding, the new Sibley Guide, and anything else birding or nonbirding … Read More

First look: Leica Televid Extender 1.8x

Drew WeberGear, ReviewsLeave a Comment

We are excited to share an exclusive first look at a prototype of the new Leica Extender 1.8x for the APO-Televid scopes. As with all prototypes, it is likely that the Extender 1.8x will be further refined before the actual product release. That being said, the Extender 1.8x that I tested felt very polished and I had no trouble popping … Read More

eBook Review: The World’s Rarest Birds

Charlotte WasylikBooksLeave a Comment

The World’s Rarest Birds by Erik Hirschfeld, Andy Swash, and Robert Still; published by Princeton University Press (April 2013). The World’s Rarest Birds began as an international photo competition held by BirdLife International, to assemble a collection of photographs and to document birds around the globe listed as Endangered, Critically Endangered, Extinct in the Wild, and Data Deficient on the International Union … Read More

Review: Ten Thousand Birds – Ornithology Since Darwin

Steve BrennerBooks, ReviewsLeave a Comment

There is nothing quite like going back to your roots. As avian enthusiasts, we have so much wonderful information available to us about birds that it can be convenient to take for granted the blood, sweat, and tears behind distribution patterns, breeding ecology, and behavior. Ten Thousand Birds recaps, in thorough detail, the course of ornithology over the past 150 … Read More

Optics Review: Leica Ultravid HD

Drew WeberGear, Reviews2 Comments

There are a couple of things birders look for in a top end binocular– sharp image, wide field of view, true color, accurate contrast, no chromatic aberration, close and smooth focus, good depth of field. You’ll go nuts trying to discern any big differences between the top binoculars available. So what does that leave us with? You have to try the … Read More

Digiscoping adapter roundup for smartphones

Drew WeberFeatured, Gear, ReviewsLeave a Comment

With the increased quality of cell phone cameras, more people are using them to photograph birds using their scopes as a huge zoom. Several adapters have come onto the market that fit onto the iPhone 4 and newer models, as well as some that work on various Android phones. Here we will review some of the best adapters that we … Read More

BirdsEye Hotspots update

Drew WeberApps, Nemesis Code, Reviews1 Comment

BirdsEye Hotspots 1.2 Available in the App Store for $4.99 iPhone, iPad, iPod touch on iOS 7 BirdsEye Hotspots 1.2 was just released with several changes that make it an even better birding companion. The most noticeable visual change is a cleaner look to make it fit in better on iOS 7. As of this version, an iOS 7 device … Read More

iPhone 5s- Camera and digiscoping

Drew WeberFeatured, Gear, Photography, ReviewsLeave a Comment

The iPhone 5s shipped with a 8 megapixel camera, like last year’s iPhone 5. We hoped it would be something more on the order of 13 megapixels like some of its competitors, but Apple decided to keep it at 8 megapixels and improve the quality of the sensor. Some of the biggest changes from last years model are the larger … Read More

Review: iPhone 5s – video magic

Drew WeberGear, Photography, ReviewsLeave a Comment

There is nothing that does a better job telling a story than great videos of your birding adventures. But as we all know there is a huge difference between the quality of digiscoped videos. In this review, we are putting the new 5s to the test and showing you its capabilities and some tricks so you can make the best … Read More

Review: iPhone 5s – new digiscoping champion

Drew WeberGear, Photography, Reviews8 Comments

Every year, Apple releases a new iPhone and one of the great features of their phone is the excellent and always improving camera. It was probably when the iPhone 4 came out that it really started to be embraced by many birders as a great camera to digiscope with, aided by the release of digiscoping adapters from several different companies. A … Read More