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  1. Chkm8

    Is this a Great Spotted Woodpecker?

    Yes they are slowly becoming more widespread. Oxford Island and Derrytrasna have both had regular sightings
  2. Chkm8

    Great Spotted Woodpecker!

    Great news. There has also been one in lurgan this year.
  3. Chkm8

    Red Kite in North Antrim.

    Great to hear about your sightings. Thanks for posting. John.
  4. Chkm8

    DSLR adapter discontinued.

    I have just purchased the vortex viper 20-60x85. I want to use this for digiscoping and the adapter seemed a straight forward fit. Until you go to buy it that is. Then you find out it has been discontinued. Can anyone advise me on a suitable adapter by a different manufacturer. Thanks in...
  5. Chkm8

    Red Kite in North Antrim.

    Nice, I knew they had been introduced and doing well in the Castlewellan area. Good to see they are spreading.
  6. Chkm8

    Helping Tree Sparrows!

    Thank you and likewise. Hopefully you have a good year. I live just outside Lurgan in N. Ireland. John.
  7. Chkm8

    Helping Tree Sparrows!

    Hi, Great website. Posted a link on my FB page. Hope that’s ok. I have lots at the feeders every day. Got some nest boxes up 2yrs back which they still use regularly.
  8. Chkm8

    NI gulls

    Sorry only seeing this now. Hope you had a good visit and got some good gulls
  9. Chkm8

    New trail cam

    I got mine on Amazon when they had a sale on. Was about to buy a 2nd but their currently out of stock. Had a quick search and they can also be found at the link below...
  10. Chkm8

    Sea Eagle

    Despite the winds and the midges, living on the shore of lough Neagh does have its benefits. First sighting of a sea eagle so definitely 1 to remember. Also a slight increase this year in the raptors.
  11. Chkm8

    New trail cam

    trail cam Thanks for taking the time to reply. :t: Scent was my biggest concern. Not sure where the set is and didn't go looking as the one I captured on cam seemed to be out foraging and not in and area you would expect to find a set. There are a number of well worn paths leading into the...
  12. Chkm8

    Useful trailcam link

    Found this today and thought it worth adding. While I'm not sure about their top 10 cams which is based on the best sellers (which is often price rather than quality related). If you scroll past the reviews there is an excellent guide to trail cams , what to look for, advantages and...
  13. Chkm8

    New trail cam

    Great to see this forum open. I have just bought my first trail cam and look forward to capturing some footage and sharing it with you all. Placed last night and captured what looked like a badger in the distance. Just too far away to be sure. So out again tonight and hopefully get luckier...
  14. Chkm8

    Affordable camera traps you can recommend?

    I bought an icefox trailcam as it had great reviews. Have to say so far I agree with them. 1080 HD resolution 2" screen on the back to review images. Choice of image , image and film or film only, wide angle lens 120 degree capture paired with a 0.4sec reaction time means you don't miss...
  15. Chkm8

    Astroscope + DSLR = Gallery!

    Great images Thanks for posting thinking about this type of set up myself so doing some research at the minute. Good to see some samples. btw yellow songbird = goldfinch. John.
  16. Chkm8

    Bull finches

    Lol bet not. Not sure what she was least impressed with. Me making a fuss of the Bullfinches or the do you mind if I stop covering the make up shots to try and get a few of the birds lol.
  17. Chkm8

    Bull finches

    Photographing a wedding at the weekend. Looked out the window at the brides house to see 2 Bullfinches in the garden. The bride nor the make up artist were impressed no matter how many times I told them how rare they were. Still I got a kick out of it. Hadn't seen any in years.
  18. Chkm8

    Northern Ireland Local Patch

    Black Swan I think this is a new one for Lough Neagh a black swan which has been about for the last 3days
  19. Chkm8

    Northern Ireland Local Patch

    day out birding Have no idea about Castle Espie at the moment but can tell you Oxford Island is not a good choice at the moment. I was there on Thursday and there is a lot of work going on such as new car parks and also quite close to 1 of the hides they are felling trees that have become storm...
  20. Chkm8

    full frame for wildlife

    Thats quite a bit more than I had thought. Thanks for posting I need to do some serious thinking now. John.
  21. Chkm8

    full frame for wildlife

    I have a canon 50D and am considering changing to a 5D MKII as I am doing a lot of studio work at the moment. Having spent quite a lot on my wildlife kit inc a 30mm f4 and extenders can anyone tell me will I lose much in the way of reach changing from a cropped to a full frame sensor. John.
  22. Chkm8

    Northern Ireland Local Patch

    Buzzard From the field opposite the house. Unfortunately too far away for a decent photo.
  23. Chkm8

    Canon EF24mm - 105mm + extension tube

    canon 25mm extension tube for sale on ephotozine at the moment £65 from memory.
  24. Chkm8

    Northern Ireland Local Patch

    new lens Bought a new lens from the classifieds here on birdforum. Thought I would post a couple of pics from my first time out. Still getting used to it so should get better with practise. Composition is terrible in some but the idea was more a day out getting used to the lens rather than...
  25. Chkm8

    Northern Ireland Local Patch

    Would you mind if I asked you to report the sighting. as you know Barn Owls have got extremely rare and birdwatch Ireland is carrying out a survey on their numbers. Details below. Thx. http://www.birdwatchireland.ie/Default.aspx?tabid=119