Well, give me an optical viewfinder any day for BIF! My BIF kit, Canon 60D plus 400mm f/5.6, weighs 2.0 kg. or less. It is long, though. BIF shooting is exceptionally demanding of a camera/lens' smooth and fast operation.
If you aren't talking BIF, you would be surprised at the large number of birders that slap a compact onto the end of a spotting scope - and the pictures can be quite good. Of course, the good spotting scopes are quite expensive. And using the high end of the zoom on the spotting scopes is good for visual but not so great for camera ("empty magnification"). Some fine photos have been taken with high-zoom ratio point and shoot cameras and with Sony NEXs kitted out with old mirror lenses. Will the photos be of the technical quality of ones taken with a 1DX and a supertelephoto costing >$10,000.00? No, but do you need to have the ultimate? For screen use, no, for 8 x 10 no, for 20 x 30, possibly yes.