Tip #16. The Benefits of binoculars

Tip #16. The Benefits of binoculars

In addition to my camera equipment and camo clothing and netting, I also carry a good pair of binoculars with me in the car. When I get to an area with lots to look at, I’ll do the initial scan with the binoculars to scope it out. On this particular morning I arrived at one of my favorite sloughs and gave the opposite shoreline and muskrat houses a quick scan. When glassing over one of the muskrat houses, I glimpsed a bit of yellow that was definitely out of place. Further viewing proved it to be an early hatch of Canada Geese. I am guessing that the seven goslings were less than 24 hours old. Once located with the binoculars, I switched over to the camera fitted with a zoom lens. An extremely interesting behavior was that almost all of the geese in the slough seemed mesmerized by the goslings. Wherever mom and pop goose took the goslings, they always had a dozen adult geese in tow.