100% agree with you Matt, I also had the opportunity to acquire a used pair in hardly used condition. I am a Leica man anyway as I can't use Swarovskis but upgrading from my original HD Ultravids to these is worth it IMO.
Will I upgrade again, who knows?
Swarovskis literally do make me sick! Even trying them for a brief view makes me feel queasy. Whereas I am on my third pair of Leicas. This shows even the best made most highly rated bins do not suit all as there is nothing worse then buying a very expensive optic without a thorough testing...
I would like to question what an Oxfordshire based bird club is reporting on Warwickshire breeding birds and why the news was even published in the first place? I realise Red Kites are no big breeding news but shouldn't this info have been released via the Warwicksire recorders?
To rent a self catering apartment on your own for 3 weeks will be very expensive. If you can find a place to share with other birders that will work out the best value (we pay £108 per head for a week , but this is with 5 sharing the £540 total cost) also combined with the fact that you are...
Regarding the DPA and it legality re the UK400 list.
There is a self check list on he ICO.gov website and you will find that Hobbies are included as part of one of the questions and then a set of criteria regarding the use of the data.
I completed the check list with my DPA Officer in our...
It should be October 7th 1999 going on 2 days early to the IOS for the Sibe Thrush (having seen White's the previous year on Lewis) and then ticking the Short-toed Eagle and Upland Sand. But for pure jaminess it has to be the the Veery October 13th 1999 St Leven. Standing next to LGRE at...
Just found my notes for my trip in 1997
10 August 1997, Weather: clear, sea dead calm!
2+ Wilson's Storm Petrels
600+ Storm Petrels
1 Shearwater sp (not large!)
50+ Great Skuas
2 Sabine Gulls adults
9 Black-tailed Godwits
2 Pied Flycatchers
1 Spotted Flycatcher
Not the best but everyone bar...
CI's may be expensive but they really last, had mine for about 14 years I think!! Main problem is they keep me too warm some times!!! Rarely have to wear a fleece under it.
Most of my gear is Rohan as it again lasts for years.
My partner had no problems either. It was a good week, with only a couple of species not seen (Painted Snipe and Blue-cheecked Beeater) that I had seen there previously in the summer. Both species were not on the Island at the time.