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Recent content by BenjaminJ

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    Bird call ID - Lancashire, UK

    Finally got visual confirmation that it's indeed a reed bunting. ;) I'm quite amazed that the bird has been basically in the same few bushes for the past 3 months or so...
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    Bird call ID - Lancashire, UK

    So I went back yesterday. Unfortunately I didn't have enough time to catch more than the briefest glimpse, when the bird saw me before I saw it and subsequently hid itself from sight. I did get some better recordings, though. The birdnet app says it's a reed bunting ('almost certain'). Going...
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    Bird call ID - Lancashire, UK

    Thanks for all the feedback so far. I think I'll have to go back and see if I can get a better recording and hopefully a sighting. :) I'm by no means a veteran birder so wouldn't dismiss your opinions, but I think I'll need to gather more data to be convinced.
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    Bird call ID - Lancashire, UK

    Thanks, Alexander. I don't think it sounds quite similar enough to a great tit, however. Besides the tempo, this bird always made 4 chirps, never 6... I also wouldn't expect a great tit to sit in one location for as long as this bird did. I do hear the similarity in tone with the yellowhammer...
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    Bird call ID - Lancashire, UK

    Does anyone recognize the bird call in this recording? Edit: soundcloud link had problems - see attachement (thanks, mod!). BirdNET only recognized the willow warbler that's heard in the background, but I'm talking about the four consecutive chirps. Any guess on what it could be? I've heard this...
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    New Hawke Frontier Apo vs Nikon MHG

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apochromat Not all manufacturers are so strict with the "APO" term. You can expect a traditional optics company like Zeiss to use it only when it technically applies, but it's not so sure with others.
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    New Hawke Frontier Apo vs Nikon MHG

    I've read about that effect with flat field bins too. Comparing my Opticron Traveller 8x32 (not a flat field) to a cheap Olympus 8x40 (which has a similar FOV) though, it seemed to me that the DOF of the Olympus was much deeper. I have to give it another try tomorrow. It might be that in the...
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