As a birder, that very valuable item would be a pair of binoculars.
It’s one of the first things you picture when someone says that they go birdwatching, and yet I’ve never really used a pair. I figured the zoom function on my camera in conjunction with my correctional eyecare would suffice, but I had no idea what I was missing… especially when my camera batteries die.
Today was the first day I took out my grandpa’s ancient binoculars, which I’m lucky to have so I don’t have to pay hundreds of dollars for a pair of my own. I mean really, I hardly want to spend hundreds on a camera! But if you really want to go birding, they’re highly worth it. I watched northern harrier hawks hunt over the Liberty marsh for what I want to say was hours but was more like 10 minutes or so, haha. I was able to identify a kestrel before I was close enough to scare it off. And most importantly, I saw details that my camera could never show me. So, when my camera batteries did die today, I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything, like usual. Don’t get me wrong, there were a few opportunities that I might have been able to get some cool shots, but I’m starting to appreciate simply watching. …Until I get a nicer camera. I’ve accepted the fact that my Kodak is a piece of crap and I’ve mentioned that in just about every text post of mine for the past three months hahahaha.
Birding > English homework. Time to read that book that’s due tomorrow.