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No bird watching or wild life vacations should be undertaken without a pair of binoculars, but learning to do birding with them takes a little practice.
The secret is to square yourself up to the bird. Your whole body, including your feet, should turn to face the bird. It won't work if you turn just your head. Raise your head so that you're looking straight at the bird. Your whole head should tilt up to face the bird -- not just your eyes looking up.
Now put your binoculars squarely in front your eyes. You'll find you're looking right at the bird. Practice this technique consciously for a while. It will soon become automatic.