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    Very Close Focus

    Quick question about close focus views:- I was at the Bath Camera and Optics event last Saturday and after buying a new lens (or two) felt a bit guilty and decided to treat the wife to some new bins, she has been using my cast off Nikon 8x32HG's and they are a bit on the heavy side plus getting...
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    Batumi, Georgia

    Flying to Trabzon, Turkey on 24th arriving Trabzon 25th at stupid o'clock. Plan is to get the bus to Batumi and.......... that's about it as far as the plan goes. Will admit not the most detailed plan. Want to spend quite a bit of time at the raptor watch-point (wherever that is) and also try...
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    Metabones adapter

    Morning All, Has anyone used the Metabones adapters. Wondering how it affects general ease of use and things like speed of focussing? Saw one at the Birdfair on the Panasonic stand. It was connecting a GH4 to a Canon 500mm. I was surprised to be told that it enabled all autofocus as well as...
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    Pharaoh Eagle Owl

    If anybody is heading over to the Boumalne de Dades area or on to Merzouga, just to let people know that we had a Pharaoh Eagle Owl at Imiter, just past Boumalne on March 9th. Apparently this is a known site but it was not viewable from the 'normal' location. It appears to have moved West by a...
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    When is a secret not a secret?

    I ask because last weekend I was watching a couple of Montagu's Harriers at the relatively well known 'secret' location. There was a chap from the RSPB there and we chatted about various things, however when a passing cyclist wanted to know what we were looking at he told him quite openly "...
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    Turkey, the place not the bird

    Morning All, Off to Turkey for a week next sunday (6th) doing the 'usual' route Antalya/Sultan Marshes/Birecik/Tarsus Delta/Antalya and I'm after any recent info, especially on things like : is the Striated Scops still in Birecik (spelling?) etc also any logistical help/info. There are lots of...
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    Northern Spain non-birds!!

    Going on Sunday to Pyrenees 5 days based at Hecho and the Costa Verde near Llanes (not far from the Picos de Europa) for a further week, will probably do a couple of day trips into the Picos. Already got lots of info on birds of the region but trying to find out what else we are likely to see in...
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    RFI Northern Spain August

    Plan is to sail (car ferry, not my own yacht!) to Spain for the first 2 weeks in August, spending 4/5 days in Pyrenees and rest on the Cantabrian/Asturian coast not too far from the cable car at Fuente De in the Picos d'Europa. Any info on good campsites in either area would be very welcome...
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    New (?) CP4500 remote cord

    Anybody know anything about a non nikon remote that's available on e-bay, called the "SRT1 Remote Release Cord" and can be seen at http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/NEW-SHUTTER-REMOTE-CORD-4-NIKON-COOLPIX-5400-5700-8700_W0QQitemZ7553283345QQcategoryZ48541QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem. A couple of questions spring...
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    Hungary, lots of info needed

    Off to sunny Hungary on the 11th and with one thing and another left a lot of the planning until now. Basic idea is to drive to Aggtelek spend a day or two there then on to Hortobagy for a couple of days (only a 5 day trip). Target birds are the usual, Woodpeckers and Raptors. Don't expect we...
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    RFI Ruffs in their finery

    I am being pestered by my lad to take him to see some Ruff's "like they are in the picture", picture being in a recent RSPB magazine showing a very smart looking black ruffed male. "No problem" I said, err.....actually slight problem, thinking about it i realised I had seen very few...
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    Snowfinches in Pyrenees

    Anybody got any good, easy to get to i.e no 5 mile hike up a mountain, sites for Snowfinches. Preferably near to the Hecho/Anso/Roncal area. May manage to do the Picos de Europa as well, where they are supposed to be easier, but it depends on time available. Also any recent Wallcreeper updates...
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    Birds near Madrid

    This Saturday (6th) off to sunny Spain, flying to Madrid, for four days birding. Main purpose of the trip is to see Gt Bustards displaying along with showing my son as many birds of prey & owls as possible. However would also like to see White-headed Duck and Cranes (if they are still in the...
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    Which Camera

    Need some advice, please. I was all set to buy a Nikon CP4500 (especially as they are really cheap now at Pixmania, are Pixmania any good?) to take up digiscoping when a thought occured to me....dodgy eyesight! At present I have Nikon autofocus SLR sysytem and the reason it is an AF system is...
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    Big Big Scopes

    I was thinking (always dangerous, rarely productive) while replying to another thread, that people use birding bins for looking at the moon, stars etc. why do birders not use 'Astro' scopes for looking at birds? I remember looking through a Questar at an (THE) Ancient Murrelet many years ago...
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    Small hands

    Need a pair of reasonable quality binocs suitable for (very) small hands, 8 year old hands in fact. We have approx 9 pairs of binoculars in the house (never know when you are going to need them) varying in size from 10x50 to 8x20, and all sizes in between. Some are very good some not so good...
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    HG or SE. That is the question

    Help/Inspiration required. Can't decide between the two Nikons. 8x32HG and the 8x32SE CF. I prefer the image from the SE's but cos' they're so short my little pinky has nowhere to 'sit'. The HG's handle better but are over £150 more. What I really need to know is will I get used to the...
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