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Recent content by Mark Batten

  1. Mark Batten

    It’s May!—has anybody bought/tried out a NL Pure 32 yet?

    Had an 8x32 since Wednesday. Usual Swaro optics. The field of view is very noticeable. Mine is in green.
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    NL Pure 8x32 and NL Pure 10x32!

    Picked up a pair today. Very comfortable in the hand. Huge field of view. Nice colours. A step up on the EL’s although always the subject of subjectivity and personal choice. For those who have not pre-ordered, Viking optics have received units for which some are destined for RSPB shops. The...
  3. Mark Batten

    W.T.Eagle ( N W Norfolk ) reintroduction proposal

    Are you referring to the Norfolk Monty's which vanish despite having satellite tags?
  4. Mark Batten

    Another Leica Service Experience...

    Indeed. My SV 8x32 were bought used. Serviced free of charge last year and apart from a little wear on the bridge they are a brand new unit. A spare pair of FL 8x32. Obvious that Swaro built the brand with after sales service as a key feature. Only the die hards and the Leica ambassadors use...
  5. Mark Batten

    Another Leica Service Experience...

    Leica have had issues with the coatings on scopes. The early APO's were noted for lens coatings peeling off for which service support not not good. On that basis would not touch anything made by Leica. Zeiss service is ok and have had little problems with their binocular's. Swaro service is...
  6. Mark Batten

    Is it really worth buying an NL 8x42?

    Just had a pair of 8x32 Swaro's back from a repair. As would be expected, Swaro have returned the unit to tip top condition. The 8x32 is a great Binocular and although there is not a NL in production yet. Looked through the new Zeiss 8x32 in the summer. A great binocular also with a slightly...
  7. Mark Batten

    UK bird information services - which to use?

    Think you have answered the question.
  8. Mark Batten

    DPP 4 problem

    Been using Canon's DPP 4 software for sometime without issue. When processing large RAW files to JPEG's DPP4 is compressing to very small files. Previously the JPEGs on conversion have been large JPEG files. Anybody know what is going on and how can go back to converting RAW files to decent size...
  9. Mark Batten

    Suppression vs reporting; birders’ obligations during lockdown.

    Doing a local patch close to home for the last five weeks. A few common migrants and the hope of a fly over raptor. I would like to know what is around as passage does make you look a little harder and gives you hope of a surprise bird. Most appear to be playing by the rules. However, there is...
  10. Mark Batten

    Bird girl

    Probably. The child would be best served by a moratorium on media coverage for a couple of years.
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    Bird girl

    Andy. The "birdgirl" project is not just parents wanting the best for their child, which of course is perfectly reasonable. In the last ten years the "birdgirl' project has been a well constructed marketing and publicity exercise in which the "birdgirl" brand has been carefully managed with a...
  12. Mark Batten

    Bird girl

    Those who have raised politely the potential conflict between a large carbon footprint through world birding and the “conservation pioneer” brand name have been accused by those managing the “birdgirl” brand of being racist.
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    Bird girl

    Sort of agree. The "birdgirl" project I understand is to raise the profile with a view of securing a future in the media. I have heard Springwatch mentioned on more than one occasion in dispatches. The decision to "make your child famous" by managing a social media account has its problems, in...
  14. Mark Batten

    Bird girl

    Would a black, disabled lesbian with red hair qualify :-)
  15. Mark Batten

    Bird girl

    Child. Legal definition of a person under the age of 18 under U.K. law.