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    I like the Kowa TSN-55x - am I alone?

    According to what I had read (i.e. almost everything what was available on the net, and specifically in this forum) about the TSN-55x series before actually buying one recently, I should have been careful. Some (partly frequent) negative verdicts (in my words, though): "Too expensive". - "No...
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    Northern Germany - Elbe river - which swan?

    Hello, I am uncertain about the following ID of a juvenile (I guess) swan. General plumage appearance was grayish (photos don't show it correctly). My tendency goes towards Whooper Swan. Or could it be a Tundra/Bewick's swan? I am excluding a Mute Swan. Correct? Thank you for your opinion...
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    Unknown (Shore?) Bird - Northern Germany

    Hello, on October 7th, 2021 I watched, amongst others, a (shore?) bird I cannot ID. The setting was marsh land at a confluent to the river Elbe (estuary, close to the North Sea), Germany. Please see attached photos (I mean of course the bird between the mallards). Any ideas? Thank you and...
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    CANON 8x20 IS - operating noise?

    Based on mainly positive opinions/experience here in this forum (and elsewhere) I bought a Canon 8x20 IS. It arrived a few days ago. I went out into the field the same day and it works great for me, despite a few (known) shortcomings (a bit smallish FOV, lacking/little weather resistance) which...