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  1. John N

    Software problem

    After finally sorting out a lot of problems on my computer over the last few weeks,(more by luck than anything else) I am now left with the following message on one piece of software. “This application has failed to start because PICSDK.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix...
  2. John N

    Instruction manual.

    I have not long purchased a canon S3 as my trusty 10d and my 100-400 lens seems a bit heavy sometimes if I am walking any distance. My wife bought herself a Canon 640. However neither camera came with a book version of the instruction manual, only a manual on a cd rom. The Question is what about...
  3. John N

    sigma converter

    Sorry if this question as been asked before but I am using a canon100-400is lens on a canon 10d and find I need more reach, especially for bird photography. I am thinking about a 1.4 or 2 x converters, probably 1.4.I like the sigma 1.4 converter, but I do not know if it is compatible with this...
  4. John N


    One day last week while out walking on my local patch, I was greeted by the news that some lousy ----------- had shot and killed the female Mute Swan and one of her cygnets. The male had been taken into care a few days earlier to be treated for an abscess on his wing. I would also like to take...
  5. John N

    New localpatch bird for me.

    After breakfast this morning I was very reluctant to take the dogs out as although we have had no snow, it was bitterly cold and I dread to think what the windchill factor was. Anyway off we went and soon both hands and face were numb and I was feeling pretty miserable. Saw the usual army of...
  6. John N

    Birdfeeder upset.

    An article in my local evening paper says that council chiefs have demanded that a lady stops feeding the birds in her own back garden in Derbyshire.She has a bird table and proper feeders and gets Goldfinches, Blue tits Great tits, Greenfinches and Starlings.The council say they have had...
  7. John N

    Digiscoping with a Canon10d

    I use a Canon 10d and I am thinking of getting a Sigma 105mm macro lense for it. I also use a Swarovski ATS80 HD scope. Now I think the filter size of the lense is 58mm which I think will fit snugly up against the Swaro 20x60 time’s eyepiece. I wonder how this would work for digiscoping. Any...
  8. John N

    Hello Everybody

    I have been interested in Birding since childhood when I roamed my local common and woods. I am still roaming my local patch, but the woods are now part of a country Park. I have just discovered Digiscoping and have managed to upgrade to a coolpix 995 and a Swarovski scope, so I hope I can learn...