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Forum: Outdoor Clothing Wednesday 27th September 2017, 08:17
Replies: 19
Views: 2,177
Posted By Ratal
Google 'Snugpak SJ9' Olive green, and nothing...

Google 'Snugpak SJ9'

Olive green, and nothing the UK could throw at you could even make you slightly chilly. I wear mine on the Cairngorms in deep mid winter with just a base layer on underneath....
Forum: Binoculars Sunday 3rd September 2017, 18:20
Replies: 6
Views: 909
Posted By Ratal
Sightron Blue Sky 8x32 Competes easily with...

Sightron Blue Sky 8x32

Competes easily with binoculars at double the price and then some. A steal at 200.
Forum: Scotland Friday 1st September 2017, 17:17
Replies: 5
Views: 1,073
Posted By Ratal
You are going to have a long day out, but, if you...

You are going to have a long day out, but, if you are up for a good walk? I have a route that takes you through amazing habitat for Crossbill, Crested Tits, Capercaillie and Black Grouse, and ends...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Tuesday 29th August 2017, 19:32
Replies: 15
Views: 1,818
Posted By Ratal
Opticron HR66ED GA ED is also a superb scope for...

Opticron HR66ED GA ED is also a superb scope for a substantial amount less. If I had to choose, I'd say the ATS 65 just edges it out. Just.
Forum: Kowa Tuesday 29th August 2017, 19:30
Replies: 23
Views: 2,893
Posted By Ratal
To be frank: I tried 4 of the 77mm whilst out and...

To be frank: I tried 4 of the 77mm whilst out and about, and the CA was worse than I'd ever expected. I put one down to being a lemon, 2, started to wonder. ..

Then I sat for a day behind the 88mm....
Forum: Opticron Friday 25th August 2017, 20:40
Replies: 9
Views: 1,404
Posted By Ratal
Oh man that absolutely sucks.... Blown over?...

Oh man that absolutely sucks....

Blown over? Must of been a hoolie!!
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 25th August 2017, 20:39
Replies: 18
Views: 918
Posted By Ratal
Kestrel

Kestrel
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Sunday 20th August 2017, 23:56
Replies: 10
Views: 2,188
Posted By Ratal
Here.... and yes, I owned one and yes, I regret...

Here.... and yes, I owned one and yes, I regret that I don't have it any longer, even after owning a Hawke 85ed and Nikon ed 50. The Helios is a cracking scope....
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Sunday 20th August 2017, 23:52
Replies: 10
Views: 2,188
Posted By Ratal
Google "THERON SAKER" 200 or there about. For...

Google "THERON SAKER"

200 or there about. For the money? A steal.
Forum: Zeiss Wednesday 16th August 2017, 18:57
Replies: 140
Views: 17,556
Posted By Ratal
That's a nice black Swaro scope she has there....

That's a nice black Swaro scope she has there. Didn't know it was available in black.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 13th August 2017, 17:37
Replies: 9
Views: 464
Posted By Ratal
Beak and head shape say Whooper Swan for me. As...

Beak and head shape say Whooper Swan for me.

As for the early arrival? The arctic circles having atrocious weather this summer, so maybe a failed breeder. Nice pics and a smart bird to find!
Forum: Binoculars Sunday 13th August 2017, 12:39
Replies: 7
Views: 1,201
Posted By Ratal
Wouldn't hesitate to recommend these binoculars....

Wouldn't hesitate to recommend these binoculars. My first pair are still absolutely stellar, and they have been used daily in some seriously disgusting weather conditions and performed as I needed....
Forum: Binoculars Saturday 12th August 2017, 22:59
Replies: 7
Views: 1,201
Posted By Ratal
Yes and yes. The QC has remained absolutely...

Yes and yes. The QC has remained absolutely perfect. Cannot be faulted, the binocular, for the money, is an absolute steal.
Forum: Binoculars Wednesday 2nd August 2017, 08:23
Replies: 26
Views: 1,891
Posted By Ratal
I had binoculars from the age of 4. I still, near...

I had binoculars from the age of 4. I still, near 50, have exceptional eyesight. No glasses, no problems. Common sense use and other activities that kept me outdoors and busy! No life staring at...
Forum: Scotland Saturday 29th July 2017, 16:13
Replies: 344
Views: 32,130
Posted By Ratal
Funny you should say this about the Skuas....

Funny you should say this about the Skuas. Northern Norway has had an atrocious breeding season for them (and other birds) and a lot of the failed breeders are already moving south. We certainly have...
Forum: Scotland Friday 28th July 2017, 23:44
Replies: 1,219
Views: 263,883
Posted By Ratal
Honey Buzzard over Fortrose today, circling over...

Honey Buzzard over Fortrose today, circling over the ridge line, headed towards Munlochy. Adult male.
Forum: Scotland Friday 21st July 2017, 16:33
Replies: 10
Views: 1,766
Posted By Ratal
That's sad beyond belief. The birds are teetering...

That's sad beyond belief. The birds are teetering on the brink as it is. Why these people have to get so close is beyond me.

*If they want super up close shots of BTD, go to Lairg and watch them on...
Forum: Scotland Monday 10th July 2017, 23:17
Replies: 5
Views: 1,364
Posted By Ratal
Inverness is easy. Fortrose for the Dolphins and...

Inverness is easy. Fortrose for the Dolphins and Skua, then a short drive to Culbin Sands for the forest and sea birds at Nairn. Here the Seal colony is spectacular and there are Crested Tits in the...
Forum: Migration Sunday 2nd July 2017, 17:09
Replies: 59
Views: 8,626
Posted By Ratal
Great video. The Pied Flycatcher is a personal...

Great video. The Pied Flycatcher is a personal favourite of mine too.
Forum: Kowa Sunday 2nd July 2017, 17:07
Replies: 99
Views: 17,185
Posted By Ratal
Kowa: Hey marketting types? We need to outdo...

Kowa: Hey marketting types? We need to outdo Opticron's stupidity of a non-sealed travel scope. What you got?

How about a 1800 55mm scope? With a fixed eye piece?

Kowa: Make it so.
Forum: Migration Saturday 1st July 2017, 18:43
Replies: 59
Views: 8,626
Posted By Ratal
Some friends of mine have also noted this,...

Some friends of mine have also noted this, towards the Finnish / Swedish border in the north. Has been far cooler and wetter than expected and the birds are clinging to the feeders.

Great thread by...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 29th June 2017, 11:10
Replies: 3
Views: 388
Posted By Ratal
That pale window on pic 4's inner hand looks...

That pale window on pic 4's inner hand looks remarkably like a Juvenile Imperial Eagle!
Forum: Live Bird News from around the World Wednesday 28th June 2017, 09:46
Replies: 4
Views: 1,065
Posted By Ratal
Yeah, that and wind turbine roads being cut...

Yeah, that and wind turbine roads being cut across their habitat furthering the risks of untimely demise. Then there are the blades once operational.

Orkney and Uist are their last real stronghold....
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Monday 26th June 2017, 17:13
Replies: 36
Views: 4,676
Posted By Ratal
Small dab of lume paint on the eyepiece upper,...

Small dab of lume paint on the eyepiece upper, when it's aligned with the cable tie sight, voila, bird in eyepiece.

Much like a weapons open sights. Very quick, very fast, very cheap and very easy...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Friday 23rd June 2017, 17:42
Replies: 13
Views: 2,687
Posted By Ratal
Get a smaller lighter scope. Opticron MM4 50 ED...

Get a smaller lighter scope. Opticron MM4 50 ED or.Nikon ED50.

Both amazing instruments and get that 24x OPTICRON or 27X NIKON wide field eyepiece, in for a treat. Saves lugging an 80mm around.
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