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Purchased Zeiss Conquest HD 8x42 binoculars

Posted Tuesday 5th February 2013 at 13:53 by MrBitsy
Had the Hakes for a month and was really enjoying the view from them. I went to Titchwell Marsh RSPB and decided to review the binoculars in the shop to see how much I would need to spend to beat the Hawkes.

I tried many models up to the top end Swarovski. I personally saw no improvement until I tried the Zeiss Conquest 8x42 HD. Contrast, Brightness, colours and resolution were all improved. The Swarovski were nicer still, but not 1000 nicer!
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Purchased Hawke Frontier ED 8x36 Binoculars

Posted Tuesday 5th February 2013 at 13:47 by MrBitsy
Purchased these binoculars 0n January the 8th and are really fantastic at the 250 price point. I spent ages looking at Binoculars up to 300 and none compared to the brightness, clarity and resolution of the Hawkes!
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Irvine Harbour in a Tempest

Posted Wednesday 30th January 2013 at 11:17 by Green Sandpiper
Birders love stories, usually about themselves and their exploits, and I'm no different in this from thousands and thousands of other birders.

EVery one of us can come up with stories, and every one of us knows someone who can come up with an ever better story. Its like comparing lists, you marvel and envy at someone who produces a 300 tick year list, just like you marvel and envy someone who managed to tick a golden eagle while mountaineering freestyle.

Its not...
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More blackbirds than you can bake in a pie!

Posted Sunday 20th January 2013 at 18:05 by Rick and Elis
I woke up this morning to the sound of a Blackbird chacking outside in the garden. As I lay in my warm and cosy bed I began to get pangs of guilt. It was as though the bird was chiding me for my selfishness, goading me into action. Wearily I arose from my pit, bracing myself as I did so against the cold air, shivering slightly I waddled over to the window and pulled back a corner of the curtain. There, spread out across the lawn like a box of chocolate biscuits spilled on a fluffy white carpet were...
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More snow birds in the garden...

Posted Thursday 17th January 2013 at 00:35 by Rick and Elis
REMEMBER THE WATER FOLKS!


Water is as important, if not more so, when everything is frozen. This Blackbird drank a good amount from this water bowl provided.

A very thin layer of ice had formed on this water during the day, it was enough to support the weight of the dove, but it was still able to peck a small hole through it. Pigeons and doves are able to drink without raising their heads to swallow. This bird made full use of this ability by puncturing a small...
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