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An Important Bird Conservation Book

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The newly published (Nov., 2010) The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation is labeled in the December issue of Birder's World magazine as "hands down the most important book of the year, one every birdwatcher should own." The book is described as the most authoritative and definitive guide to the threats imperiling birds in the Americas.


The book includes a foreword by novelist Jonathan Franzen (ABC Board of Directors member), and features over 500 photographs, maps, and illustrations. In the foreword Franzen writes “One third of all American bird species are in trouble and this book is the clearest, most authoritative account ever published of the threats these species face. Until now, remarkably, no single book has tackled the issue comprehensively...”


ABC President George Fenwick says “This guide presents a comprehensive classification system and threat analysis for bird habitats in the United States, the most thorough assessment of threats to birds publi…

Binocular Review Info with Owl Pictures

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Great Horned Owl ( 3 Weeks) Photo credit: USF&WS ******
Here are links to product descriptions of binoculars, coupled with editorial and customer derived reviews to these help you find what you want in the way of optical goods.

If you already have an idea of what binoculars you want, or you just want to browse a bit, click on the link below and use the Search function to find information:

Binocular Store

For those who do not yet know what they want, here is a selection of specific reviews to give you a feel for the market:

Swarovski SLC Binocular 10 x 42 - This is the expensive end of the market;  the highest quality optical goods - get ready for weak knees and light headedness. 

Zeiss Conquest Binocular (10 x 40) - Here is the high performance end of the spectrum; optical goods that are a pleasure to own and use, but less expensive than the previous model.

Nikon Premier LX-L 10 x 25 Binoculars - Here is the middle of the market; a terrific, lightweight, waterproof, fogproof, magnesium al…

Some Insight Into The Binocular Market

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Note: The binocular information in this blog post was revised on May 11, 2011 

Here are images, with links to product descriptions of binoculars, coupled with editorial and customer derived reviews - these will help you find what you want in the way of optical goods.

THE PASSIONATE BIRDER - A Store For Birders
For those who do not yet know what they want, here is a selection of specific reviews to give you a feel for the market:

Swarovski Optik SLC 10x42 HD - This is the expensive end of the market;  the highest quality optical goods with a price to match. 



EDITORIAL REVIEW:

The SLC 10x42 model--which boasts a 10x magnification and a 42mm objective lens diameter--offers excellent image quality and maximum operating comfort, making it perfect for users who demand viewing precision throughout the day and well into dusk.

The true stars of the SLC 42 HD binocular, however, are the high-performance, fluoride-containing HD optics, which minimize the color fringing that's inevitable with conven…

Some Beautiful Bird Images and Food for Thought

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I thought I would start off the new year with some beautiful interesting bird images and a thought provoking quotation.


"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; What we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal " -  Albert Pike







Surucua Trogon, Iguazu Falls, Argentina


Toft, Roy


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Scissor-Tailed and Vermilion Flycatchers Perch on a Mesquite Tree


Weber, Walter


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Red-tailed Hawk Photo credit: Martha Coaty
A great photo thats looks right into the eyes of a raptor.