Monday, April 20, 2015

Birding Trips with Eagle Optics!

[caption id="attachment_6100" align="aligncenter" width="441" caption="EO's Kate Fitzmier co-lead our 2015 Belize tour in March."]katiebelize2[/caption]

You know Eagle Optics as birding optics headquarters, right? We help outfit you with binoculars, scopes, tripods--everything you need to help you see the birds. But now, we're also a birding outfitter, which means we offer birding trips in some pretty special birding hot spots in Central America and Austria.  And you don't even need to bring your binoculars. Listen up, oh curious ones!

Eagle Optics has been teaming up with Swarovski, Zeiss, and Leica to design travel for birding enthusiasts that includes amazing birds, scenery, and the world's best optics with which to view them! All the travel details are taken care of--including lodging, transportation, meals, and expert local guides to show you where the birds are. We've chosen countries on most birders' bucket lists: Costa Rica, Belize, Honduras, Ecuador, Panama, and more! Picture yourself on the Canopy Tower (below), overlooking the Panama rainforest. Heaven!


Here's a shot of the happy group from our recent Belize tour. With the help of their intrepid guide, Peter Herrera, they got over 200 species for the week!

As a tour participant, you will be provided with the highest quality optics to use during your trip. However, you're encouraged to bring your cameras and smart phones for photos of all the action! The leaders will gladly share tips for digiscoping--taking digital photos through a spotting scope--one of the industry's fastest-growing hobbies. On our recent Costa Rica trip, my co-leader took all the trip photos with a Swarovski spotting scope and his iPhone 6. And the quality of the photos were amazing!

[caption id="attachment_6041" align="alignright" width="249" caption="Collared Redstart "]Collared Redstart digiscoped by Clay Taylor[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_6039" align="aligncenter" width="276" caption="Black-cheeked Woodpecker"]Black-cheeked Woodpecker, digiscoped by Clay Taylor[/caption]

One of my personal highlights of our week in Costa Rica (and there were many) was a travel day between our lodge in the Pacific lowlands to the mountains where we would be spending the next 3 nights. Stopping for lunch at a little hole-in-the-wall, family-run restaurant, we viewed the most beautiful birds at the feeders near our outdoor table, and then were served some of the best fresh fish I've had in years, served Costa Rica-style.

[caption id="attachment_6060" align="aligncenter" width="403" caption="Red-legged Honeycreeper"]Red-legged Honeycreeper[/caption]

If this looks good to you too, I hope you will check out the new Travel Page on the Eagle Optics website. Plan to join us for the birds, the fun, the food, and the comradery you'll experience on the Eagle Optics Birding Trips. There is still space on the Ecuador Birding Tour, July 25-August 2, 2015.  Please check back to the Travel Page as we add more trips for 2016. We'd love to have you join us!

Nina Cheney
Eagle Optics Staff
Binoculars: Bring them. See what they bring you.

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