31 August 2011
Swaro CLs: Beach Birding
Decided to take a picnic at the beach in Lake Worth yesterday and found some dark skies. But the low light didn't stop my birding. Within minutes I had 1 Black Tern and 7 Gull-billed Tern in sight. After the terns I spied a few Rock Pigeons hanging around the pier and 1 lone Brown Pelican.
I brought my tester Swaro CLs for the birding and found over 20 Ruddy Turnstones in breeding plumage down the beach. Mixed in the flock were 2 Sanderling. It's been a few months since I've seen this beach birds near the shore.
I've been continuing to modify and make the test product pair of Swarovski CLs like my own. A few things that had to change were a switch from the neck strap provided to a more traditional birding rig. I don't actually wear it the proper way, if there is a proper way. I usually sling it across my body like a heavy bag and off I go. I like the stretchy material of the "birding bra."
The other adjustment that I HAD to make was doing something about those top eye-cups. I don't mind the two flap down caps but that top cap was driving me nuts. I felt like it was always impeding my view or irritating me by rubbing against my skin. So I have rigged a very inexpensive solution. I may be the only birder using a $900 pair of binoculars that have the top eye-cups attached with a rubber-band but guess what? It gives me a lot more flexibility and I love that the cups dangle out of my way. I thought about doing some tie straps type of thing but I like how the cups dangle low with the rubber-band. I guess I'll give this a try for a few more all day birding trips but so far (the past couple of weeks) I've been happy with the solution!