Story: When I was a child I used to love looking at the birds in our birdbath out of the kitchen window. One year my mum brought me a pair of binoculars and ‘Bill Oddie’s Book of British Birds’. With my new binoculars I was able to look at the birds far more closely, using the binoculars to magnify their plumage and features. This enabled me to look them up in my book and identify what kinds of birds they were – what species, their sex and their age. Though it was mainly starlings and sparrows I once saw a woodpecker and even advanced to visiting the local country park to look at wading birds.