Binoculars are necessary for birding, whether you are just enjoying the birds in your backyard or if you want to travel to remote areas to find rare and elusive species. With the right pair of binoculars, you can see vivid details and field markings more easily and enjoy subtleties in bird behavior that you might otherwise miss. Furthermore, good binoculars will bring the birds close to you without disturbing them, letting you observe them more easily and comfortably. Binoculars in the 8-10 range are best for birding, though bear in mind that the higher the magnification, the more steady your hands must be to hold them still enough for careful observation. Other features to look for in birding binoculars are a close focus for near observation of birds , the focal distance of 5-8 feet is ideal. A wider field of view may allow you to see multiple birds without moving the binoculars and can make spotting birds easier.