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Forum: Swarovski Yesterday, 16:09
Replies: 90
Views: 4,129
Posted By pbjosh
That survey that reports 40+ million birders, or...

That survey that reports 40+ million birders, or 20% of adults, has always struck me as bat-shit looney. I am a birder and not even close to 20% of the adults I know personally are birders... so I...
Forum: Zeiss Yesterday, 00:44
Replies: 34
Views: 1,963
Posted By pbjosh
And to keep it on topic to the subject at hand, I...

And to keep it on topic to the subject at hand, I still find the 8x42SF the best bin I've used, full stop, and my favorite bin. Based on specs and early reports, I'm not really tempted by the 8x42NL,...
Forum: Zeiss Yesterday, 00:42
Replies: 34
Views: 1,963
Posted By pbjosh
I had no problems, logistically, with the HT, and...

I had no problems, logistically, with the HT, and admired it's qualities, but didn't personally love it or want one, on the few occasions I used one (none of them extended). Not a great data point...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Yesterday, 00:31
Replies: 5
Views: 165
Posted By pbjosh
Black-throated Gray Warbler

Black-throated Gray Warbler
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 7th July 2020, 16:43
Replies: 34
Views: 1,675
Posted By pbjosh
I couldn't agree more. A brief comparison /...

I couldn't agree more. A brief comparison / evaluation is of course still useful, but I find that I take a month or many months to come to a really solid opinion of a pair of bins. I've returned one...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 7th July 2020, 14:54
Replies: 9
Views: 310
Posted By pbjosh
Unfortunately I don't have a photo of...

Unfortunately I don't have a photo of Three-striped Hemispingus to contribute - I barely saw it, much less photographed it! :)

Nutcracker - I agree it's a bit of an odd name, not the most poetic nor...
Forum: Opus Discussion Area Tuesday 7th July 2020, 14:50
Replies: 9
Views: 162
Posted By pbjosh
Looking at bar charts for Senda Paty and the...

Looking at bar charts for Senda Paty and the Carpish Tunnel hotspots, Citrine is common at both and Pale-legged has very very few at either (few enough to be well within the "eBird margin of error"...
Forum: Opus Discussion Area Tuesday 7th July 2020, 01:27
Replies: 9
Views: 162
Posted By pbjosh
Different photos, Niels, at least the ones I'm...

Different photos, Niels, at least the ones I'm seeing! The photo that I see on the Opus page for Oleaginous Hemispingus at the moment is a warbler, likely Citrine Warbler. The photo in the ID thread...
Forum: Opus Discussion Area Tuesday 7th July 2020, 00:59
Replies: 9
Views: 162
Posted By pbjosh
Agree that's a Myiothlypis warbler not a...

Agree that's a Myiothlypis warbler not a Hemispingus. However I think it should be Citrine for Senda Paty as a loc unless I've got something mixed up?

I haven't even begun to look at details of the...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 7th July 2020, 00:44
Replies: 9
Views: 310
Posted By pbjosh
Nice photo, agree with Oleaginous Hemispingus. I...

Nice photo, agree with Oleaginous Hemispingus.

I too have a Hemispingus that I've never seen particularly well - Three-striped. On the list to try to get a better view of if I ever get back to where...
Forum: Binoculars Monday 6th July 2020, 23:31
Replies: 34
Views: 1,675
Posted By pbjosh
I've not used the two bins in question but have...

I've not used the two bins in question but have experience with a few of the "clones" or "sisters" of the Maven B3, and they're all really solid bins at solid prices. I have the M7 8x30 but also the...
Forum: Swarovski Monday 6th July 2020, 21:41
Replies: 189
Views: 7,037
Posted By pbjosh
I'm not certain, in this case, that it is fair to...

I'm not certain, in this case, that it is fair to assume that the close focus is purposefully limited for market differentiation. It might well be the case but it might not. The CL is a very compact...
Forum: Nikon Monday 6th July 2020, 21:31
Replies: 26
Views: 1,843
Posted By pbjosh
It would be lovely to see a new offering though...

It would be lovely to see a new offering though as others have said, I don't think anyone knows if we can expect it. We now have two new alphas that are bit bigger/heavier with new ergonomics and...
Forum: Others Saturday 27th June 2020, 03:55
Replies: 44
Views: 6,795
Posted By pbjosh
Thank you for sharing your thoughts Bramberg....

Thank you for sharing your thoughts Bramberg. I’ve been curious to see/try one of these for some time. I’m quite a fan of the 8x30 compact offerings similar to this from other manufacturers, though...
Forum: Binoculars Monday 15th June 2020, 21:37
Replies: 105
Views: 5,574
Posted By pbjosh
Perhaps you don't need a 2m close focus to look...

Perhaps you don't need a 2m close focus to look at most birds, though hummingbirds at a feeder are frequently that close, and the magnified view from 6 feet is stunning. But mostly I find it's nice...
Forum: Binoculars Monday 15th June 2020, 05:09
Replies: 105
Views: 5,574
Posted By pbjosh
I find a lot of familiar feelings in your...

I find a lot of familiar feelings in your comments here, relative to the 8x30 format and my preference. I think the 8x30 Swaro CL is superior to the Monarch HG in several ways, as the SLC is to the...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 12th June 2020, 21:46
Replies: 72
Views: 3,322
Posted By pbjosh
I'm not sure if anyone can answer that - I...

I'm not sure if anyone can answer that - I certainly can't. But I trust that the SFs are mostly made in Germany, and I suspect a good portion of the parts (Schott glass, body, focuser probably) will...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 12th June 2020, 20:18
Replies: 72
Views: 3,322
Posted By pbjosh
Lee, I too would assume that the Conquests would...

Lee, I too would assume that the Conquests would have a moderately inferior coating in comparison with the Victory line, which would fulfill at least three purposes - help differentiate the...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 12th June 2020, 17:45
Replies: 72
Views: 3,322
Posted By pbjosh
For anyone who is curious about these things, a...

For anyone who is curious about these things, a bit of information I dug up on Schott's website with some quick googling. Some details about lenses ground to spec from 3mm to 150mm in three quality...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 12th June 2020, 17:36
Replies: 72
Views: 3,322
Posted By pbjosh
A question for Lee or anyone else who has insight...

A question for Lee or anyone else who has insight - how much grinding / polishing / coating do the bin/scope manufacturers likely do, vs purchase finished lenses directly from the optical glass...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 12th June 2020, 16:31
Replies: 6
Views: 299
Posted By pbjosh
For your two Myiarchus, I'd suggest Short-crested...

For your two Myiarchus, I'd suggest Short-crested for the first (lack of rufous in the wing, overall cool toned, ash-colored cheek, little visible brown in the crown).

For the second, hard to have...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Friday 12th June 2020, 15:50
Replies: 67
Views: 29,599
Posted By pbjosh
I think Paraguayan Snipe is fine and agree...

I think Paraguayan Snipe is fine and agree largely with Alvaro's logic in the comments. It would be nice, in some ways, to retain South American Snipe for stability despite the "rename daughters of...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Friday 12th June 2020, 04:04
Replies: 8
Views: 820
Posted By pbjosh
I'd be curious to hear a bit of your reasoning if...

I'd be curious to hear a bit of your reasoning if you don't mind elaborating? Cheers and thanks in advance for any insight.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 9th June 2020, 22:58
Replies: 5
Views: 196
Posted By pbjosh
I'd be shocked if they weren't sister species,...

I'd be shocked if they weren't sister species, but I'm not sure I'd lump them. They do separate by habitat and largely by range when breeding, there are plumage differences even if not always always...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 9th June 2020, 13:51
Replies: 5
Views: 196
Posted By pbjosh
There is also a third possibility - Straneck's...

There is also a third possibility - Straneck's Tyrannulet, which will also be possible in winter in that area. The amount of white crest shown probably eliminates Straneck's but I'm not 100% certain...
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