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Book & binoculars
Two items are a must from the beginning:
2. A pair of binoculars. Start out with an inexpensive pair—who knows, birds may bore you. Your mounting interest will lead you eventually to a price range of from $25 to $200 for this piece of equipment. When you become a more seasoned bird watcher you will consider a $25 pair excellent starting equipment for children. Bausch & Lomb makes the top grade American binoculars. Some of the new Japanese six-seven-and eight-power binoculars also are excellent. Their optics are superb and a few are no bigger than the palm of your hand. When you get out into the field you will observe that the Bausch & Lomb balscope is becoming the vogue with the newer bird-watching generation. This is a 60-mm telescope mounted on a tripod and lists complete for $136.35. There are two things to watch for when buying glasses—make sure the lenses are both color-corrected and coated. Color correction means that true color value is transmitted through the glass and coating insures that extraneous light glare is reduced to a minimum, thus producing maximum light transmission. There are two numbers on binoculars. The first indicates magnification power and the larger number refers to the lens diameter—in millimeters. The greater the diameter, the bigger your field of view and the better your light.
You can go to the birds
Or send for them
How to sit
Bird watchers have no special immunity from poison ivy ( SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, Aug. 16). Try using Kerodex if you are susceptible. This cream, when spread on exposed parts of the body, is about the best protection developed to date.