Get binoculars – No birder is official until they have a set of binoculars. Binoculars allow birdwatchers to view birds at a distance, which is crucial to see birds that fly high in the sky and spend a lot of time in nests, such as the osprey and bald eagle.
Find a field guide – Field guides allow bird-watchers to properly identify a bird they may not recognize in the field. Field guides can provide useful information, such as migration patterns, that make identifying a new bird much easier.
Keep distance – While some birds, such as ducks and seagulls, are comfortable near people, not all Florida birds are the same. That’s why it is important to keep a safe distance from most birds and only view them with binoculars. Plus, disrupting a nest site or interfering with a bird’s migration may be detrimental to the environment.
Consider a camera – Cameras, especially those with long-range capture abilities, can be useful for those birders who want to catalog their experiences in the field.