Gear

Birders of the World Can Now Learn Close to a Thousand Species in Arabic

— The new “Birds of the Middle East” app makes the region's rich avian offerings accessible to schoolkids, residents, and travelers.
The writer and her son field testing some bird apps. (The Porg t-shirt only heightens the birding experience.) Linda McCarthy

Which Bird Apps Are Best for Kids?

— Young birders want to be able to ID different species. Technology makes it easier for them to learn.
Wildlife photographer, Stefano Unterthiner, all geared up to photograph. Stéphanie Unterthiner

Five Essentials for Successful Duck Photography

— Want to get great duck shots? Be prepared to get mobile.
The LowePro Dry Zone 200. Martin Hartley

Seven Sturdy Backpacks for Birders and Bird Photographers

— Head out on the trail with all of your gear comfortably and securely stowed.

Six Apps to Better Your Next Birding Adventure

— By now you should have a field guide (or four) on your phone, so mix up your experience with some new options.
Now we're talking: Hover close to forest birds in the Stingray, a rainproof, three-person tent that can be hung between trees. Portfolio Vero Beach

Want to Spice Up Your Birding Life? Go Camping

— Get to know unfamiliar bird behaviors, sounds, and species by spending entire days and nights with them. Here are a few of your options.

What to Consider When Buying Used Camera Equipment

— In the market for a camera or lens but don’t want to splash out for new products? Here’s how to purchase quality used gear.

A Beginner’s Guide to Recording Bird Vocalizations

— Capturing songs and calls can open a whole new level of birding—but equipment can be daunting. Here’s what you need to know to get started.
This Forster’s Tern has no clue there's a human hiding underneath it. David Stimac/<a href="http://www.davidstimac.com/index">davidstimac.com</a>

Want to Shoot Intimate Bird Portraits? Try a Portable Blind

— Disappear in plain sight with one of these four types of camouflaged hides.

What to Do with Your Old Binoculars

— Whether you want to donate or sell the gear you no longer use, here are some ways to declutter.