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    I like the Kowa TSN-55x - am I alone?

    Hi birdcat, Have you considered the "Peak Design Travel Tripod". It comes in a carbon (1.27 kg) and an aluminum (1.56 kg) version? The pros are its very compact size and the inclusion of some sort of ball head. In other words, with that tripod you do not need an additional head. At least the...
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    I like the Kowa TSN-55x - am I alone?

    Hello Peregrine Took: In contrast to you I can fully understand why someone will NOT buy a TSN-55x and go for something (still good enough, however cheaper) else. As often in life, it depends what you want and can or are willing to pay for a product or service. We all value things more or less...
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    Gulls of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East: An Identification Guide

    That explains it. Thank you for clarification. Werner
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    Gulls of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East: An Identification Guide

    Hello philip1947, The German edition (by HAUPT, Switzerland) is already out since a few weeks. When comparing the sample pages in your referenced review with those in the German edition I recognise several differences in the layout. Whereas the pictures are obviously the same, they are...
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    I like the Kowa TSN-55x - am I alone?

    At least we are two! Thank you.
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    I like the Kowa TSN-55x - am I alone?

    Put them down. I am not shooting.
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    I like the Kowa TSN-55x - am I alone?

    Hi PYRTLE, Please quote correctly. Just for the records. Your BOLD assumptions are not my words. And by-the-way, the shop I refered to is not a hunting gear shop (no firemarms etc.). So, pure speculation who the majority of the customers for straight scopes are (I am neither a hunter nor a...
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    I like the Kowa TSN-55x - am I alone?

    According to what I had read (i.e. almost everything what was available on the net, and specifically in this forum) about the TSN-55x series before actually buying one recently, I should have been careful. Some (partly frequent) negative verdicts (in my words, though): "Too expensive". - "No...
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    How many ditched their spotter for higher powered bino’s?

    @Blue72: As a preliminary resumé regarding your post #1 : How many "scope ditchers" have you counted yet? Btw, don't count me. I recently even bought another scope (small, light). Regards, Werner
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    Northern Germany - Elbe river - which swan?

    Hello Alexander, Yesterday, when coming to the same spot as the day before I saw a juvenile swan just taking off. Unfortunately, I couldn't recognize details of the head and bill, though. However, the bird had a quite gray and white checkered plumage. Following your above agruments, the...
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    Need feedback: Nikon Monarch HG durability?

    Incidentally, I had sent my MGH 8x42 to repair in May (stiff focus wheel). They said it was due to an impact. Couldn't remember one. However, repair was shifted and shifted due to "no spares". A few days ago they sent me a new replacement one (s/n almost 10,000 higher ). My feeling about the...
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    Northern Germany - Elbe river - which swan?

    QUOTE: The beak on the other hand ... I suppose these swans don't hybridize? UNQUOTE Yes Henning, the bill is what troubles me also. Hybridization? Sebastian Reeber actually mentions that possibility (Whooper x Mute and v.v.) in his book "Entenvögel" (on pages 284 and 300, in the German...
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    Northern Germany - Elbe river - which swan?

    Dear All, Thank you for your effort. That leaves the question "Mute or Whooper?" a bit open. Sorry for the photo quality. Those where only quickly taken by a handheld iphone through the scope's eyepiece. Unfortunaly the bird flew off quite early. Werner
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    Northern Germany - Elbe river - which swan?

    Hello, I am uncertain about the following ID of a juvenile (I guess) swan. General plumage appearance was grayish (photos don't show it correctly). My tendency goes towards Whooper Swan. Or could it be a Tundra/Bewick's swan? I am excluding a Mute Swan. Correct? Thank you for your opinion...
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    Unknown (Shore?) Bird - Northern Germany

    Thank you, guys. I'll take the majority vote for the Little Grebe. Regards, Werner
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