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Win A Swarovski Scope

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Guess what, gang?

Once again, I have partnered up with Swarovski Optik North America to give away a spotting scope. And this time we are producing a short eight episode web series with birding and digiscoping tips with me and my buddy Clay Taylor. Now for the contest part: the birds in each episode [...]

Crossley Contest Winner

Gos Andrew Wallis

I love all of you. When I send out a challenge, you try your best. I wish I could give away a Crossley Guide: Raptors to everyone, but alas, like the immortal Highlander, there can be only one. So, I present my favorite and the overall winner of the Crossley Contest (see the original plates [...]

Crossley Raptor Guide Contest

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Hey Gang! It’s another contest!

In case you have not heard, there’s a new Crossley Guide:Raptors coming in April that combines the talents of Richard Crossley, Jerry Liguori and Brian Sullivan. If you have enjoyed his field guides, you will love the individual attention given to each bird of prey found in North America in [...]

Spotting Scope Contest WINNER!

Adam Beeler encoded

This contest got a little nuts! It is hands down my favorite contest of all the ones I’ve ever done, because people made me laugh so freakin’ hard! You guys–you are not good photographers. Out of over 500 submissions, I alas, can only have one winner. We narrowed down the 512 entries to 151 finalists [...]

Win My Spotting Scope!!


This is the story of a girl and her spotting scope…

Oh, the adventures I have had with my Swarovski ATM spotting scope. It has literally traveled the world with me. We ascended Volcán Atitlánin Guatemala to see horned guans. We survived rigorous airport security in Kazakhstan to view breeding sociable lapwings on the [...]

Birdchick Photo Contest


Hey Gang!

I’m working on a book project and it needs some photos! Most of the book photos will be my own but if I need others, that has to come out of my own pocket. I don’t have huge amounts of cash but I do have a $250 gift certificate from Eagle Optics. So [...]

Swarovski Digiscoper of the Year Contest


This is—quite possibly—the coolest contest that I have ever been able to offer on my blog. There are super sweet runner-up prizes and there is one-giant-spanky-mondo-super-cool prize.

I present you with the Swarovski Digiscoper of the Year Contest.

These are the official list of rules (and make sure to read them carefully) for entering [...]

Birdorable Guest Blogging Contest Winner

Hey all, sorry for the delay in announcing the winner, but the weekend kind of got away from me.

The most popular entry in the Birdorable Guest Blogging Contest was…

Dawn Frary!

Thanks to Dawn and all our entrants, we’ll be sending your info on to Birdorable, and you should be receiving your prizes soon.


Birdorable Guest Blogging Contest: Voting!

Time to vote for your favorite entry in the Birdorable Guest Blogging Contest!

You can view all the entries one this page. When you’re done, simply pick your favorite from the drop-down list, enter your name and email address (which will not be sold, rented, given, or disclosed) before Friday, May 22nd at 5 [...]

Birdorable Guest Blogging Contest #10: Gunnar Engblom

Time for the final entry: this one comes to us from Gunnar Engblom and details the 11 Peruvian birds you must see.

Thanks to everyone who entered; we’ll have the voting poll up shortly!

Why Birds?

Birdwatching is a specialized hobby. The birdwatchers aim to see hundreds of birds during a holiday [...]