Beginners don’t need heavy equipment to enjoy birding. Those who are watching birds regularly will soon own their basic equipment. Not few will develop a real birding passion – by then at the latest the desire for sophisticated equipment arises.
Basic equipment: Field guide
If you have the opportunity to watch birds from a short distance – e.g. at a bird feeder in your garden or on your balcony – you only need a field guide to start with. The birds’ proximity usually allows a definite identification.
A beginner’s field guide should cover the most common garden and park birds in your region. Contrary to common belief field guides working with good bird drawings are more appropriate to learn species-specific features than those with photos. A decent field guide also shows more than one picture for each species.
Basic equipment: Binoculars
Get more information about binoculars and accessories with lots of equipment to test in Workshop “Birdwatching & Bird identification 1”.
Additional equipment: Spotting scope
Get more information about binoculars and accessories with lots of equipment to test in Workshop “Birdwatching & Bird identification 2”.
What else to take with to a birding excursion?
Clothing and shoes according to the weather (umbrella, headgear, gloves etc.)
Sun blocker, insect repellent
Packed lunch, beverage
Code of conduct in nature
Decency, sense of responsibility and thoughtfulness (towards any wildlife habitat, plants, animals and fellow man)
Do not enter protected areas (nature reserves etc.)
Do not litter