Do you need special binoculars for observing wildlife? Are there certain binocular features that make for good wildlife binoculars?
While there are certain features you do want in some types of binoculars, such as birding binoculars (close focus) or hunting binoculars (waterproofing), there really are no special features that are required for a wildlife binocular, though if I were to pick one feature that is going to be very helpful, it would be waterproofing. After all, there is a good chance you’ll hit some rough weather sooner or later while observing wildlife. This presents no problem, since you actually have to make an effort to find a binocular that is NOT waterproof, these days.
If you need a place to start, I’d recommend birding binoculars as a good choice for wildlife observing. After all, what are birds if not wildlife? Birding binoculars do make excellent wildlife binoculars and if you’re out there doing some birdwatching, you will see other types of wildlife. For instance, I’ve been using my birding binoculars, this week, to keep an eye on a beaver that has been feeding along our shoreline in the evening. In the past, I’ve also used my birding binoculars to watch otters play out on the lake or watch deer in the yard and then there are squirrels and rabbits and chipmunks and so on. Birding binoculars are not just for birds. They work for all kinds of wildlife.