Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Spring Fever and Raptor Mania

A quick trip to my parent's farm in Missouri last weekend gave me a big case of spring fever and several great opportunities to view raptors. This trip takes me across the Illinois, Mississippi, and Missouri Rivers and all these waterways seem to have healthy numbers of Bald Eagles and hawks. My Dad reported he recently had 9 Bald Eagles hanging out on a single tree in the middle of a corn field. Huge flocks of Snowbaldy.jpg Geese were migrating over the area---so many that they seemed to stretch for miles in the intense blue sky. I was happy I had finally remembered to take my binoculars and spotting scope as Dad took me to visit a wildlife refuge only a few miles from the farm. I caught an all too brief glance of what looked like a Great Blue Heron and longer views of two Bald Eagles soaring overhead. With access to this abundance of raptors and waterfowl, my binoculars and spotting scope will be the first things packed next time I head home.

While in Missouri, I took a pair of the Vortex Spitfire 8x25 to a friend who has been enjoying backyard birds. I had a hard time deciding between the Spitfire and our Eagle Optics Triumph Roof Prism 8x25 compact. Both of these compact binoculars are a great value; they offer a better close focus and field of view than you will usually find in their price range. I opted for the shorter height of the Spitfire, but the Triumph has a more narrow interpupillary distance and barrels which fold down to a smaller width. Other compacts I like recommending to our customers are the Bushnell Excursion 8x28 and the Nikon Prostaff 8x25.

With any luck, southern Wisconsin will start to get its own taste of warm weather. Even with our piles of snow, the Eagle Optics Showroom has been pretty busy and in the coming weekend you will find staff busy selling binoculars at Canoecopia. With so many people buying sport optics to use for outdoor activities, I know I am not the only one with spring fever.


Eagle Optics Staff

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