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Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 3rd June 2018, 12:59
Replies: 3
Views: 271
Posted By Ratal
Sanderling in summer plumage by the looks of it

Sanderling in summer plumage by the looks of it
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 24th May 2018, 16:12
Replies: 5
Views: 170
Posted By Ratal
Rufus Long Legged Buzzard IMHO.

Rufus Long Legged Buzzard IMHO.
Forum: Binoculars Friday 11th May 2018, 13:04
Replies: 6
Views: 760
Posted By Ratal
The Hawke bins are far superior to the Celestron...

The Hawke bins are far superior to the Celestron mentioned. However, save up a little bit more money and buy a set of these.

https://www.optics-trade.eu/uk/sightron-sii-blue-sky-8x32.html

Sure they...
Forum: Binoculars Sunday 25th March 2018, 16:02
Replies: 15
Views: 706
Posted By Ratal
I have a set, well, two actually, and I'm using...

I have a set, well, two actually, and I'm using them all the time. Fantastic optics, very light, very durable and great quality.
Forum: Binoculars Sunday 25th March 2018, 16:01
Replies: 15
Views: 706
Posted By Ratal
Sightron Blue Sky 8*32 . Once he has those, he...

Sightron Blue Sky 8*32 . Once he has those, he won't need another pair until he is ready to spend 600 to 800 on a pair.

Sightron are 200 and worth every penny spent.

My nine year old niece has a...
Forum: Binoculars Saturday 17th March 2018, 21:52
Replies: 51
Views: 3,988
Posted By Ratal
Sightron Blue Sky 8*32 Up over arctic Norway,...

Sightron Blue Sky 8*32

Up over arctic Norway, across to Iceland. Down to Florida for a stint, then into Texas. Finished with a week in Alaska, then home. Wouldn't be bothered if these were the only...
Forum: Binoculars Saturday 17th February 2018, 16:37
Replies: 1,557
Views: 526,503
Posted By Ratal
And face the lynching for suppressing 9 Mega...

And face the lynching for suppressing 9 Mega rarities? I'd rather take my chances with the bears and rattle snakes. They are kinder than irate birders.

Sightrons helping me steer clear of folks so...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 16th February 2018, 10:28
Replies: 1,557
Views: 526,503
Posted By Ratal
From hot and humid Florida, up to cold wild...

From hot and humid Florida, up to cold wild Alaska. Across to the arctic plateaus of Scandinavia, down to the forests of Estonia and Poland.

3 years I've had mine now, and I wouldn't swap nor sell...
Forum: Iceland Thursday 18th January 2018, 18:45
Replies: 5
Views: 410
Posted By Ratal
Hahahaha you beat me to it. As for the birding...

Hahahaha you beat me to it.

As for the birding ? I got Harlequin and Gyr falcon in binoculars off the cliffs. No scope needed.
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 13th January 2018, 23:35
Replies: 22
Views: 1,977
Posted By Ratal
Little Loch Shin. Lairg. They paddle around not...

Little Loch Shin. Lairg. They paddle around not 30 feet from shore utterly unfazed by humans.
Forum: Outdoor Clothing Wednesday 27th September 2017, 07:17
Replies: 19
Views: 4,940
Posted By Ratal
Google 'Snugpak SJ9' Olive green, and nothing...

Google 'Snugpak SJ9'

Olive green, and nothing the UK could throw at you could even make you slightly chilly. I wear mine on the Cairngorms in deep mid winter with just a base layer on underneath....
Forum: Binoculars Sunday 3rd September 2017, 17:20
Replies: 6
Views: 1,761
Posted By Ratal
Sightron Blue Sky 8x32 Competes easily with...

Sightron Blue Sky 8x32

Competes easily with binoculars at double the price and then some. A steal at 200.
Forum: Scotland Friday 1st September 2017, 16:17
Replies: 5
Views: 2,680
Posted By Ratal
You are going to have a long day out, but, if you...

You are going to have a long day out, but, if you are up for a good walk? I have a route that takes you through amazing habitat for Crossbill, Crested Tits, Capercaillie and Black Grouse, and ends...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Tuesday 29th August 2017, 18:32
Replies: 15
Views: 4,257
Posted By Ratal
Opticron HR66ED GA ED is also a superb scope for...

Opticron HR66ED GA ED is also a superb scope for a substantial amount less. If I had to choose, I'd say the ATS 65 just edges it out. Just.
Forum: Kowa Tuesday 29th August 2017, 18:30
Replies: 23
Views: 6,963
Posted By Ratal
To be frank: I tried 4 of the 77mm whilst out and...

To be frank: I tried 4 of the 77mm whilst out and about, and the CA was worse than I'd ever expected. I put one down to being a lemon, 2, started to wonder. ..

Then I sat for a day behind the 88mm....
Forum: Opticron Friday 25th August 2017, 19:40
Replies: 9
Views: 3,058
Posted By Ratal
Oh man that absolutely sucks.... Blown over?...

Oh man that absolutely sucks....

Blown over? Must of been a hoolie!!
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 25th August 2017, 19:39
Replies: 18
Views: 1,292
Posted By Ratal
Kestrel

Kestrel
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Sunday 20th August 2017, 22:56
Replies: 10
Views: 4,420
Posted By Ratal
Here.... and yes, I owned one and yes, I regret...

Here.... and yes, I owned one and yes, I regret that I don't have it any longer, even after owning a Hawke 85ed and Nikon ed 50. The Helios is a cracking scope....
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Sunday 20th August 2017, 22:52
Replies: 10
Views: 4,420
Posted By Ratal
Google "THERON SAKER" 200 or there about. For...

Google "THERON SAKER"

200 or there about. For the money? A steal.
Forum: Zeiss Wednesday 16th August 2017, 17:57
Replies: 220
Views: 46,635
Posted By Ratal
That's a nice black Swaro scope she has there....

That's a nice black Swaro scope she has there. Didn't know it was available in black.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 13th August 2017, 16:37
Replies: 9
Views: 546
Posted By Ratal
Beak and head shape say Whooper Swan for me. As...

Beak and head shape say Whooper Swan for me.

As for the early arrival? The arctic circles having atrocious weather this summer, so maybe a failed breeder. Nice pics and a smart bird to find!
Forum: Binoculars Sunday 13th August 2017, 11:39
Replies: 7
Views: 2,059
Posted By Ratal
Wouldn't hesitate to recommend these binoculars....

Wouldn't hesitate to recommend these binoculars. My first pair are still absolutely stellar, and they have been used daily in some seriously disgusting weather conditions and performed as I needed....
Forum: Binoculars Saturday 12th August 2017, 21:59
Replies: 7
Views: 2,059
Posted By Ratal
Yes and yes. The QC has remained absolutely...

Yes and yes. The QC has remained absolutely perfect. Cannot be faulted, the binocular, for the money, is an absolute steal.
Forum: Binoculars Wednesday 2nd August 2017, 07:23
Replies: 26
Views: 4,428
Posted By Ratal
I had binoculars from the age of 4. I still, near...

I had binoculars from the age of 4. I still, near 50, have exceptional eyesight. No glasses, no problems. Common sense use and other activities that kept me outdoors and busy! No life staring at...
Forum: Scotland Saturday 29th July 2017, 15:13
Replies: 429
Views: 57,543
Posted By Ratal
Funny you should say this about the Skuas....

Funny you should say this about the Skuas. Northern Norway has had an atrocious breeding season for them (and other birds) and a lot of the failed breeders are already moving south. We certainly have...
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