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Forum: Miscellaneous Nature Study Equipment Sunday 13th January 2019, 15:57
Replies: 0
Views: 91
Posted By Steve Babbs
Taking torches in hand luggage

Has anyone had any trouble taking large powerful torches in hand luggage? I'm off to the Western Sahara soon, hoping to only use hand lugagge, and I am rather aware that my large torch would make a...
Forum: Binoculars Sunday 13th January 2019, 15:49
Replies: 27
Views: 1,710
Posted By Steve Babbs
I use Zeiss Victory 8 x 32 and they're very nice...

I use Zeiss Victory 8 x 32 and they're very nice and very light although the only ones I can really compare them to are the Nikon HG 8 x 32 that I had before. I definitely prefer the Zeiss.
Forum: Vortex Saturday 12th January 2019, 16:31
Replies: 2
Views: 717
Posted By Steve Babbs
I have and it's very good for the price and...

I have and it's very good for the price and weight.
Forum: Sony Saturday 12th January 2019, 16:30
Replies: 205
Views: 27,872
Posted By Steve Babbs
Without doing a lengthy comparison I'd say it is...

Without doing a lengthy comparison I'd say it is about two stops more noisy than my Canon 7D mark ii. As I used that with a f5.6 100 - 400 lens, for most wildlife shots, it's f4 lens meakes up for...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Wednesday 26th December 2018, 17:40
Replies: 16
Views: 1,144
Posted By Steve Babbs
It won't be 'much more fun'. The difference...

It won't be 'much more fun'. The difference between the best and the very good is much smaller than some people make out. The difference between the very good and the rubbish is, however, huge.

I...
Forum: Information Wanted Thursday 20th December 2018, 17:45
Replies: 3
Views: 412
Posted By Steve Babbs
There is also good birding in the city at Pigeon...

There is also good birding in the city at Pigeon Valley NR which has spotted ground thrush and apparently buff-spotted flufftail, although I failed to find the latter. It was 2003 when I was there...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Saturday 8th December 2018, 20:04
Replies: 19
Views: 1,229
Posted By Steve Babbs
So few people do trips by public transport this...

So few people do trips by public transport this days. I haven't done so for some time; I think I've hired a car for at least most of every trip for over ten years. It's inspiring me to follow your...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Sunday 2nd December 2018, 17:27
Replies: 13
Views: 1,057
Posted By Steve Babbs
There's also a great app version. Well worth...

There's also a great app version. Well worth having as well/instead.
Forum: Bird Sounds Recording Eqpt & Discussion Saturday 1st December 2018, 14:51
Replies: 11
Views: 1,829
Posted By Steve Babbs
Please do keep us informed. Does that microphone...

Please do keep us informed. Does that microphone work with any Android phone? I remember reading somewhere that there were two types of headphone sockets and, at least, some microphones would only...
Forum: Butterflies and Moths ID Tuesday 27th November 2018, 19:26
Replies: 2
Views: 222
Posted By Steve Babbs
Blue from Malaysia

Can anyone help with this one from Tioman?
Forum: Information Wanted Tuesday 27th November 2018, 19:23
Replies: 59
Views: 1,800
Posted By Steve Babbs
Thirded. On the car front Kruger can easily be...

Thirded. On the car front Kruger can easily be done with a standard 2WD but last time I enjoyed the extra height and clearance of a SUV and when a Nissan Quashqai was still only about 18 per day it...
Forum: Information Wanted Sunday 25th November 2018, 18:15
Replies: 5
Views: 318
Posted By Steve Babbs
This may be of some use...

This may be of some use http://www.easybirder.co.uk/S_of_France_birds_book.html
Forum: Information Wanted Sunday 25th November 2018, 15:49
Replies: 5
Views: 318
Posted By Steve Babbs
I particularly like the Ecrins, but I can't help...

I particularly like the Ecrins, but I can't help that much with gen. Having seen all the possible bird species several times before, I just go for walks and see what I see, concentrating on other...
Forum: Information Wanted Friday 23rd November 2018, 16:34
Replies: 59
Views: 1,800
Posted By Steve Babbs
I go out a lot at night and spotlight around the...

I go out a lot at night and spotlight around the camp: it's good for busbabies. Maybe stick to Europe.

I have camped in non-fenced parks in Namibia/SA. I could hear lions roaring in the Namibian one...
Forum: Information Wanted Friday 23rd November 2018, 07:50
Replies: 59
Views: 1,800
Posted By Steve Babbs
There are fences around the parks. There are...

There are fences around the parks. There are often smaller animals, such as bushbuck and warthog inside. My son was three in the photo and I never had the slightest worry about his safety in a two...
Forum: Information Wanted Thursday 22nd November 2018, 20:51
Replies: 59
Views: 1,800
Posted By Steve Babbs
The campsites aren't too dangerous. This is my...

The campsites aren't too dangerous. This is my son a long while ago. This was before I realised that ungulates could carry rabies, even if it is very rare.
Forum: Sony Wednesday 21st November 2018, 20:48
Replies: 205
Views: 27,872
Posted By Steve Babbs
I'd say a couple of seconds. Slightly less if...

I'd say a couple of seconds. Slightly less if it's just gone into standby.
Forum: Tripod and Heads Wednesday 21st November 2018, 19:58
Replies: 7
Views: 1,036
Posted By Steve Babbs
I too am looking for a lightweight tripod for...

I too am looking for a lightweight tripod for travel with a 50mm scope. Does anyone have experience of the Benro TSL08CN00 carbon fibre tripod?

I realise it's rather short for someone of 6ft but...
Forum: Information Wanted Wednesday 21st November 2018, 07:53
Replies: 59
Views: 1,800
Posted By Steve Babbs
Car hire is very cheap in SA but whatever you do...

Car hire is very cheap in SA but whatever you do a couple of tips. Firstly a lot of the best birding can be had around the camps so don't neglect that and getting the SASOL app for your phone gives...
Forum: Information Wanted Tuesday 20th November 2018, 19:48
Replies: 59
Views: 1,800
Posted By Steve Babbs
I'm with Andy here plus I suspect any guide you...

I'm with Andy here plus I suspect any guide you can get, without someone flying in, is going to be more used to showing general tourists mammals.
Forum: Insects, Dragonflies, Arachnids, Beetles & More Thursday 15th November 2018, 07:58
Replies: 13
Views: 514
Posted By Steve Babbs
A quick scan of my copy with my limted French...

A quick scan of my copy with my limted French seems to say that it's aimed at France, Holland, Switzerland, Belgium and Germany but it's obviously going to cover many species of northern Spain and...
Forum: Insects, Dragonflies, Arachnids, Beetles & More Monday 12th November 2018, 20:28
Replies: 13
Views: 514
Posted By Steve Babbs
They're not hard in western Europe, with a good...

They're not hard in western Europe, with a good field guide. Certainly not as hard as european butterflies, which I find a nightmare. The Slovenia and Greek guides will help a lot with more eastern...
Forum: Insects, Dragonflies, Arachnids, Beetles & More Monday 12th November 2018, 19:17
Replies: 13
Views: 514
Posted By Steve Babbs
Excellent. I'm just about to order that. I'm glad...

Excellent. I'm just about to order that. I'm glad I started this thread.
Forum: Insects, Dragonflies, Arachnids, Beetles & More Monday 12th November 2018, 18:35
Replies: 13
Views: 514
Posted By Steve Babbs
Identification of European Orthoptera

I've started this thread because I had not idea what was available to help when I started identifying Orthoptera in Europe so others may be in the same situation.

The first one I used was A Field...
Forum: Sony Monday 12th November 2018, 18:31
Replies: 205
Views: 27,872
Posted By Steve Babbs
For anyone used to cameras like the Canon HS50/60...

For anyone used to cameras like the Canon HS50/60 this is a totally different league. The issue is whether it is a replacement for a SLR and lens. For me it is. But I haven't been quite brave enough...
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