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Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 14th August 2018, 20:44
Replies: 3
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Posted By HeadWest
Thanks. The other option would be ring-billed...

Thanks. The other option would be ring-billed gull, which would be much more expected. The really small bill had me thinking otherwise, and I didn't see any bill markings that resemble what you see...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 14th August 2018, 02:56
Replies: 3
Views: 194
Posted By HeadWest
Gull Help - California

This was taken today in Southern California. I think it's a Mew Gull based on the very small bill (which appeared very small in the field). That would be unusual this time of year though. Eyes were...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 21st July 2018, 04:35
Replies: 3
Views: 168
Posted By HeadWest
Thank you both for the input. After reviewing...

Thank you both for the input. After reviewing your input and researching more, my "vegetarian finch" is a medium ground finch, almost certainly.

Niels - Your Vegetarian Finch really fits the...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 20th July 2018, 02:20
Replies: 3
Views: 168
Posted By HeadWest
Galapagos Finch Help

Dear All,

On our trip to the Galapagos, we saw mostly ground finches, of all three varieties. I was hoping for help on a couple possible non-ground finches that i'm not sure about:

1. I thought...
Forum: Zeiss Thursday 19th July 2018, 04:24
Replies: 8
Views: 560
Posted By HeadWest
Conquest 32 vs 42 FOV

I just noticed that the 8x32 Conquest model has a significantly larger FOV than the 8x42 model (140.0m @ 1000m VS 129.5m @ 1000m). Why would that be? I see 32s usually have a larger FOV than 42s. For...
Forum: Costa Rica Sunday 15th July 2018, 04:05
Replies: 7
Views: 286
Posted By HeadWest
Oh yes! Does anyone have any recommendations on...

Oh yes! Does anyone have any recommendations on field guides? From what I've gathered, this one is pretty good: "The Birds of Costa Rica: A Field Guide." Any other thoughts?
Forum: Costa Rica Sunday 15th July 2018, 01:27
Replies: 7
Views: 286
Posted By HeadWest
Thanks for the input everyone. One of those...

Thanks for the input everyone. One of those classic trips where we initially intended to go to just relax and enjoy the beach, but we know we are just going to end up entirely focused on birding.
Forum: Costa Rica Friday 13th July 2018, 04:58
Replies: 7
Views: 286
Posted By HeadWest
Advice for 4 Days in Costa Rica

Dear All,

Thanks for all you input into this forum, it's been a great help in my preliminary research, and has been wonderful for trips past.

We are doing a rather quick visit to Costa Rica around...
Forum: Zeiss Saturday 26th May 2018, 05:24
Replies: 65
Views: 25,601
Posted By HeadWest
I just received my pair of 8X25 Terras. In my...

I just received my pair of 8X25 Terras. In my opinion, the build of these bins feels very chintzy compared to my other Zeiss bins. I have a pair of 8X42 Terras and a pair of 8X42 Conquests. The 8X42...
Forum: Zeiss Monday 9th April 2018, 04:08
Replies: 48
Views: 4,351
Posted By HeadWest
Update here, incase anyone is interested. I...

Update here, incase anyone is interested. I received my third pair of these binoculars from the retailer. Thankfully, this pair lacked the stickiness and jerkiness of the previous two. Wonderful!...
Forum: Information Wanted Wednesday 14th March 2018, 15:15
Replies: 7
Views: 727
Posted By HeadWest
Thanks for that info. Bellavista looks great, and...

Thanks for that info. Bellavista looks great, and I think we are definitely going to visit there for some birding. We'll probably stay somewhere closer to Mindo.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 13th March 2018, 14:29
Replies: 5
Views: 322
Posted By HeadWest
Thanks all.

Thanks all.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 12th March 2018, 01:06
Replies: 5
Views: 322
Posted By HeadWest
Thoughts on Scaups?

One male and one female. This was in Santa Barbara, CA today. LESC are much more common around here.

Thanks
Forum: Information Wanted Sunday 11th March 2018, 03:12
Replies: 7
Views: 727
Posted By HeadWest
Thanks everyone for all the advice. @kitefarrago...

Thanks everyone for all the advice. @kitefarrago - thanks for that link - this is very helpful.

@foon, njlarsen - It sounds like you both liked Bellavista. Are the views around there good. Based on...
Forum: Information Wanted Wednesday 7th March 2018, 04:09
Replies: 7
Views: 727
Posted By HeadWest
Ecuador Birding Lodge Recommendation

Hi,

Four of us (me, wife, her parents) are doing a Galapagos trip in June. I've managed to get a ew extra days tacked on to the beginning of the trip to bird the Andes west slope area. I am looking...
Forum: Ecuador including Galapagos Isles Wednesday 7th March 2018, 03:30
Replies: 10
Views: 1,785
Posted By HeadWest
Thanks so much for your input so many years...

Thanks so much for your input so many years later. I do think we'll end up staying in the Tandayapa area. I hadn't heard about Angel Paz until today. Sounds amazing. I do read that Milpe is sub...
Forum: Ecuador including Galapagos Isles Tuesday 6th March 2018, 03:50
Replies: 10
Views: 1,785
Posted By HeadWest
My wife and I have two nights to spend in the...

My wife and I have two nights to spend in the Mindo area. We are considering both of the SJ lodges (Milpe and Tandayapa). Which would you recommend?

Thanks!
Forum: Zeiss Wednesday 28th February 2018, 17:25
Replies: 48
Views: 4,351
Posted By HeadWest
My Terra EDs have an absolutely flawless focuser,...

My Terra EDs have an absolutely flawless focuser, so the Conquests that I bought should have the same (and I hope the replacements will).
Forum: Zeiss Wednesday 21st February 2018, 00:21
Replies: 48
Views: 4,351
Posted By HeadWest
My thoughts exactly. If I get another bad focus...

My thoughts exactly. If I get another bad focus wheel, I will probably go elsewhere. My initial instinct was to go with another set of bins, but so many of you have said you have this pair with an...
Forum: Zeiss Monday 19th February 2018, 22:20
Replies: 48
Views: 4,351
Posted By HeadWest
Paid full price retail for a brand new pair. I'm...

Paid full price retail for a brand new pair. I'm hoping it is just bad luck, or a bad lot or whatever.
Forum: Zeiss Tuesday 13th February 2018, 23:48
Replies: 48
Views: 4,351
Posted By HeadWest
I agree it's odd. Especially when my own Terras...

I agree it's odd. Especially when my own Terras have a perfect focus knob (as well as my Monarch 5s). I have to believe it's a bad lot or something. But it's definitely sticky/jerky. The retailer is...
Forum: Leica Tuesday 13th February 2018, 05:04
Replies: 10
Views: 2,408
Posted By HeadWest
This is good to know. I just got a pair of Zeiss...

This is good to know. I just got a pair of Zeiss Conquest 8x42, and I have this same issue. It is as if the eyecups doesn't come out far enough. It's very annoying. I was thinking about swapping them...
Forum: Zeiss Tuesday 13th February 2018, 04:47
Replies: 48
Views: 4,351
Posted By HeadWest
Update here just in case anyone is interested....

Update here just in case anyone is interested. After a couple uses, it became clear that the focus wheel on the second pair was just about as bad as the first. I wonder if it's a bad batch of the...
Forum: Zeiss Thursday 8th February 2018, 03:29
Replies: 48
Views: 4,351
Posted By HeadWest
The optics are indeed much better. Excellent all...

The optics are indeed much better. Excellent all around in that department. I think I'll just get used to the new focus wheel. There is just the slightest amount of "play" or slack when changing...
Forum: Zeiss Tuesday 6th February 2018, 03:49
Replies: 48
Views: 4,351
Posted By HeadWest
Just a follow up here. B&H swapped out the faulty...

Just a follow up here. B&H swapped out the faulty bins for a new pair, which arrived today. Focus wheel much better (though still not as pristinely smooth as the Terras..). Thanks for the tips...
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