My desire for a binocular harness really just stemmed from the fact that I thought they looked cool on other people. I asked fellow birders what their purpose was, they said it was to take the weight off your neck and to keep the binoculars from swinging around too much.
If you’re thinking about going on your first bird walk or bird outing here are 8 things you should avoid.
1. Wearing Bright Colors
Bright colors like white amplify movement and make you contrast with your surroundings. Subdued earth toned are best. Birds see more color than we do (even UV) so they’ll be sensitive to colors that far contrast what they are used to seeing.
2. Making Loud Noises
Remember to silence your cellphone (if you even have service!), and keep loud talking to a minimum when necessary. If you are trying to get a good shot or spot a bird that’s close-by, you don’t want to scare it away. You’ll eventually get shushed by other birders if you’re a jabber box. This is less important when viewing birds at far distances, like most water birds.