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Forum: Zen Ray Thursday 17th December 2015, 19:32
Replies: 1
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Posted By birchall
Focusing Problem With Zr Ed2 8x43

I am far from satisfied with my ZR ED2 8X43. Optically they are excellent. Build quality leaves a lot to be desired.

The focusing mechanism has jammed up. I thought it may have been a bit of grit...
Forum: Ireland Wednesday 13th May 2015, 22:44
Replies: 1,865
Views: 339,018
Posted By birchall
I reported my Ring Ouzel sightings to the Ring...

I reported my Ring Ouzel sightings to the Ring Ouzel Study Group. I got a reply from Chris Rollie, Area Manager, RSPB. This is his reply:

Brendan,



Many thanks for your report although ring...
Forum: Ireland Monday 11th May 2015, 22:54
Replies: 1,865
Views: 339,018
Posted By birchall
Nothing to do with Galway birding but felt I just...

Nothing to do with Galway birding but felt I just had to tell somebody about my great good birding luck on my Wainwright Coast to Coast walk over past two weeks. I saw eight Ring Ouzels in one day...
Forum: Ireland Friday 16th May 2014, 21:13
Replies: 1,865
Views: 339,018
Posted By birchall
I note from BirdGuides that a Great Spotted...

I note from BirdGuides that a Great Spotted Cuckoo was seen near Barna on the 9th. Was it a once off or is it still around?
Forum: Outdoor Clothing Monday 22nd July 2013, 21:39
Replies: 9
Views: 9,604
Posted By birchall
I do longish walks (12 - 20 miles) one Sunday a...

I do longish walks (12 - 20 miles) one Sunday a month on quite paved roads. My Meindl Burma mountain boots were far too heavy so I bought a pair Ascics Gel Arrata walking shoes. A great buy and only...
Forum: Ireland Thursday 25th April 2013, 11:55
Replies: 1,865
Views: 339,018
Posted By birchall
At Lough Inch, Barna this morning: Pair of...

At Lough Inch, Barna this morning:

Pair of Common Sandpipers
Cuckoo
Pair of otters. I've seen the otters frolicking in the past month so presumably they are an item.
Forum: Ireland Monday 25th March 2013, 19:18
Replies: 1,865
Views: 339,018
Posted By birchall
Wheatear on Corcog, Maamturks Sunday 24th

Wheatear on Corcog, Maamturks Sunday 24th
Forum: Ireland Thursday 14th March 2013, 12:15
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Views: 339,018
Posted By birchall
Walking near Ballinaboy south of Clifden last...

Walking near Ballinaboy south of Clifden last Sunday about 2.00 pm, I saw a huge bird being mobbed by two crows. By the time I got the bins out it was some distance away but I was clearly able to see...
Forum: Ireland Thursday 20th December 2012, 13:09
Replies: 1,865
Views: 339,018
Posted By birchall
On our club outing to Nimmo's Pier on 1/12/12 we...

On our club outing to Nimmo's Pier on 1/12/12 we were reasonably confident that we saw the Foster's with three Sandwich Terns. Conditions were difficult - low tide, long distance and directly under a...
Forum: Ireland Tuesday 18th December 2012, 17:42
Replies: 1,865
Views: 339,018
Posted By birchall
Where have all the Greenfinch gone? Greenfinch...

Where have all the Greenfinch gone?

Greenfinch used to be the most common species at my bird feeders. I haven't seen one in the last 2 weeks. I know there was a serious disease about 2 years ago...
Forum: Digiscoping cameras Friday 1st July 2011, 21:51
Replies: 390
Views: 198,935
Posted By birchall
I've just bought the Lumix G2. I need a remote...

I've just bought the Lumix G2. I need a remote shutter release. The Panasonic DMW-RSL1 Remote cable control retails at about 60 - a ridiculous price. I see similar non Panasonic remote shutter...
Forum: Digiscoping Adapters Wednesday 22nd June 2011, 20:16
Replies: 2
Views: 1,587
Posted By birchall
Thanks for the reply,RJM. As nobody has come up...

Thanks for the reply,RJM.

As nobody has come up with a solution, I've had to buy the 20MM lens and one Kowa ring for 64. SRB-Griturn did offer to make me two rings for 60 (for the two) but there...
Forum: Digiscoping Adapters Tuesday 14th June 2011, 23:05
Replies: 2
Views: 1,587
Posted By birchall
Cheap step up ring for Kowa DA10 adaptor?

I am about to buy a Panasonic Lumix G2 with 14-45 kit lens for digiscoping with Kowa TSN 883. (I will buy the fixed 20mm pancake lens when I can afford it). I already have the Kowa DA10 scope...
Forum: Ireland Wednesday 20th April 2011, 17:28
Replies: 1,865
Views: 339,018
Posted By birchall
I had my first sighting of a Grasshopper Warbler...

I had my first sighting of a Grasshopper Warbler this morning near Dangan playing fields. A good and prolonged sighting. I didn't know that the tail vibrates like the clappers when they are...
Forum: Ireland Saturday 16th April 2011, 20:57
Replies: 1,865
Views: 339,018
Posted By birchall
I was privileged to witness a not often seen...

I was privileged to witness a not often seen spectacle of nature yesterday. Walking by Lough Kip river, two Red Grouse got up about 30m away from me from two different spots about 25m apart. I was...
Forum: Outdoor Clothing Thursday 31st March 2011, 15:03
Replies: 30
Views: 17,863
Posted By birchall
Thanks for the reply, Steve. I'll consider them...

Thanks for the reply, Steve. I'll consider them if the Cascadas are too warm for summer walking. You didn't mention which you consider the more waterproof.
Forum: Outdoor Clothing Wednesday 30th March 2011, 18:20
Replies: 30
Views: 17,863
Posted By birchall
John & Steve, Thanks for the replies. I’ve just...

John & Steve,

Thanks for the replies. I’ve just ordered a pair of Cascadas as many shops don’t seem to stock them over the summer. I had to buy while I could still find my size.

Steve,

The Rohan...
Forum: Outdoor Clothing Wednesday 30th March 2011, 15:02
Replies: 30
Views: 17,863
Posted By birchall
I like the idea of one pants does all and not...

I like the idea of one pants does all and not having to carry a pair of waterproof pants in my rucksack. I am considering Paramo Cascada but I have read so many divergent reviews and comments, I am a...
Forum: Ireland Friday 21st January 2011, 21:17
Replies: 1,865
Views: 339,018
Posted By birchall
The woods around Coole Park just north of Gort is...

The woods around Coole Park just north of Gort is the best place I know in Galway for jays.
Forum: Ireland Tuesday 4th January 2011, 20:08
Replies: 1,865
Views: 339,018
Posted By birchall
Can anybody advise where is the best (cheapest)...

Can anybody advise where is the best (cheapest) place to buy sunflower hearts in bulk ( up to 20Kg bags). The husks from my sunflower seeds are drawing rats. Failing that: where is the cheapest place...
Forum: Ireland Monday 1st November 2010, 19:44
Replies: 1,865
Views: 339,018
Posted By birchall
For those of you able to receive BBC Four,...

For those of you able to receive BBC Four, there's a bit of a birding / birdwatching theme this week starting at 9.00pm tonight with three (I think) birding programmes. The much vaunted four part...
Forum: Ireland Friday 22nd October 2010, 21:29
Replies: 1,865
Views: 339,018
Posted By birchall
Aonghus, Thanks for that. I must take a wander...

Aonghus,
Thanks for that. I must take a wander out there soon.
Forum: Ireland Wednesday 20th October 2010, 22:25
Replies: 1,865
Views: 339,018
Posted By birchall
Where is Clochar na gConn Nature Reserve near...

Where is Clochar na gConn Nature Reserve near Inveran? I've never heard of it 'till now.
Forum: Ireland Saturday 17th April 2010, 20:35
Replies: 294
Views: 77,890
Posted By birchall
The small bird I saw with the Black Swans was not...

The small bird I saw with the Black Swans was not a cygnet. It was black. Having done some research, Black Swan cygnets are light grey brown - almost whitish looking. Sorry for the false alarm. It's...
Forum: Ireland Saturday 17th April 2010, 20:34
Replies: 1,865
Views: 339,018
Posted By birchall
The small bird I saw with the Black Swans was not...

The small bird I saw with the Black Swans was not a cygnet. It was black. Having done some research, Black Swan cygnets are light grey brown - almost whitish looking. Sorry for the false alarm. It's...
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