Few months ago, I went back to Jakarta on my own and I had to leave my lil one with his father and my mom for a week. I was feeling guilty as soon as I left the house (although he was actually fine) and decided to bring him something when I came back. I wasn’t thinking about toys, simply because at his age right now……..he doesn’t show great interest in toys anymore.
So it happened, I was opening the shopping catalog in the airplane, when I suddenly saw a nice pair of binoculars specially designed for kids. Then I knew what I would get for him.
My son likes to study, read, and learn about animals……………..all kind of animals including birds. He can differentiate one bird after another just by looking at the pictures in the book. We even went to the park to look for birds…………
His teacher even appointed him to present a short summary about a book that he borrowed from the school library, and guess what………the book title was: BIRDS. He had to speak in front of the whole school on morning assembly. I trained him at home and he said he was doing okay………….but more about that on my next post (no promise………….)
So I thought giving him binoculars would be suitable for him. We can go bird watching together and I knew he will enjoy it.
I was planning to buy him real binoculars, not just kids binoculars. I wanted a small and light binoculars with small bag and neck strap attached so he can put around his neck (easier to carry), but on the other hand I also wanted the binoculars with proper magnification and suitable for bird watching……………..and also not too expensive.
So I read the information about binoculars carefully and I went from one store to another to find the perfect binoculars. In my desperation (it was almost my last day in Jakarta and I hadn’t got anything that I liked according to my budget), I accidentally found them in one of the book store (Gramedia) for only Rp 230.000,-
They are not Nikon or Bushnell but still………….I like them so much. The binoculars are slim, light, and although they are only 7X23 but we were very satisfied when we tried at home and at the park. They are perfect for beginners like us.
We finally tried these new binoculars at Pasir Ris Park. The lil one was very enthusiastic about the visit on a sunny Saturday afternoon.
Well, bird watching was not an easy thing to do. It was difficult to find birds, and even if we found them, they were moving very fast. But we didn’t give up yet, we decided to come back again the next week…………..this time riding the bikes.
We met some groups of professional bird watchers with their humongous telescope equipped with anti motion blur camera were looking and waiting patiently for hours for a small blue bird. Lil boy made himself comfortable and confidently joined the group with his tiny binoculars.
Ok, we were bored finally, so we left the place to go to the playground. Anyway, we already saw the tiny bird that everybody in the group was waiting for. Seriously, when we came back from the playground, those people were still there! It really needs unlimited amount of patience to be a professional bird watcher.