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    Too many camera options, don't know what any of it means. Suggest a camera you know works?

    I am very happy with an Olympus E-M1 II with 75-300 Olympus zoom. https://lucadealfaro.smugmug.com/Nature/Birds/n-5qxPgq
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    California, Bay Area - Sparrow ID

    I need help confirming the IDs of these sparrows. I think they are golden crowned sparrows. Am I right? These were seen today, in the Bay Area (Arastradero Park). Many thanks!! Sorry for the small photos; I did not have my best lens with me.
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    IS binoculars or scope for higher magnification?

    Many thanks to all! I am very intrigued by the Kite binoculars, but the suggestion about the camera is spot on. Especially because in truth, I have most doubts about species I am not fully familiar with (for familiar species, a glimpse is often enough for ID), and in that case, having the...
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    California, Sierra Nevada: Hairy or Downy Woodpecker?

    Ok, thanks connorco. I definitely need to sharpen my downy spotting ability then.
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    California, Sierra Nevada: Hairy or Downy Woodpecker?

    I see. Lower in elevation you mean? Here I am mostly at or above 6000ft. But I think I need to be better at spotting the downy ones. I will study their calls.
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    California, Sierra Nevada: Hairy or Downy Woodpecker?

    Many thanks you all! On a side note, I am impressed by my luck with that photo. The tree was quite tall; I was not very close (100 ft or likely more?), and I took it with my Olympus E-M1II with a 300mm lens (equivalent to 600mm) bracing myself for stability against another three, in the vaning...
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    California, Sierra Nevada: Hairy or Downy Woodpecker?

    Many thanks! It’s interesting, I don’t think then that I have seen a downy woodpecker yet. Are they rarer? Or do they have a different distribution? Both around Truckee, and the Bay Area, it has been always hairy and not downy for me.
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    California, Sierra Nevada: Hairy or Downy Woodpecker?

    Is this a hairy or downy woodpecker? Seen in the Sierra Nevada, about 6000ft. Your help is much appreciated. I am also surprised at how narrow is the top white band; in the Sibley, it is depicted as being much wider. Here, in places, it is almost a thin line.
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    IS binoculars or scope for higher magnification?

    I currently do all my birding at 8x: primarily, 8x25 and 8x32, for which I have very good binoculars. This works very very well for me, except that occasionally (not that occasionally) I have difficulty identifying birds due to low magnification. Example: this Sunday I went to visit a pond in...
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    The 8x32 FL has been discontinued...

    Thanks for the very nice story paddy7. Indeed, after using the FL hiking around the Sierra with my daughters, now that binocular is special to me, all the recollections of the hikes, of the time together, of the birds, of the adventures... You are right that binoculars become not only objects.
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    The 8x32 FL has been discontinued...

    Why I like the FL The reason I like the FL is that they are such a great overall instrument. The optics is great, but also, the focusing is super smooth, they are compact, they are remarkably rugged, and it is very fast and easy to cover the lenses with the excellent objective and ocular...
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    The 8x32 FL has been discontinued...

    I see now on B&H that the Zeiss FL 8x32 is now discontinued. I also don't see it any more on the Zeiss site. It's a pity, I really liked it, so compact and sharp... on the other hand, I have one, so I don't need to worry. But this leaves only the UV 8x32 HD+ as a small alpha 8x32.
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    repair cost

    My experience with Leica repair has been excellent My experience with Leica repair has been excellent. I sent them an UV 8x20 with faulty diopter adjustment and they sent me a new one. I sent them an UV 8x32 with damage to the bridge and did a fantastic repair. I have only good things to say...
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    The Zeiss Victory SF 8x32: a somewhat idiosyncratic, but comprehensive review

    Many strap attachments are plastic The strap attachments of the Leica UV HD+ and Zeiss FL and Conquest are also plastic, and I haven’t read complaints about them.
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    ID help for Bay Area, Shoreline

    This time I don't have a photo, only a visual memory, and even if you can steer me even weakly in the good direction, it's helpful as it narrows the search. Let me phrase it as a riddle just for fun: What's a bird that has the head colors of a white-crowned sparrow, the beak and size of a...
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    Leica UV 8x20 versus Zeiss Victory 8x25

    Once, a neoprene bag that was too tight caused the diopter ring of my Zeiss Terra 8x25 to become detached. It’s similar to the Zeiss Pocket diopter, and it’s not very well affixed. The Leica 8x20 is actually better built.
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    California - Bushtit or Wrentit?

    Many thanks! Many thanks! Habitat was not a clear differentiation... I saw these in low dry brush, but at Shoreline park, in a portion close to where also taller brush and wetter habitat is. But behavior is: these were in a flock, and together, so bushtit it is, for both. I truly appreciate...
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    Ruby-Crowned Kinglet? California

    Thank you! Thank you, very much appreciated!
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    California - Bushtit or Wrentit?

    Seen in the California Bay Area, Shoreline. Bushtit or Wrentit? I say Bushtit, but am I right? Thanks!!
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    Ruby-Crowned Kinglet? California

    This was taken at Shoreline Park, Bay Area. I think it's a Ruby-Crowned Kinglet. Do you agree? I am not yet very confident of distinguishing it from Hutton's Vireo. Thanks!!
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