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    Box Tree Moth

    I've given up on box hedging! Ours was eradicated over a few years by box blight. Euonymus Green Spire is the new Buxus.
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    Kowa Prominar TSN-3 : Value/ Info?

    Excellent, thats exactly what I wanted to know. Thank you. I picked the scope up for €160 which I think is a great bargain so I can afford to spend a little extra on a good eyepiece.
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    Kowa Prominar TSN-3 : Value/ Info?

    Better than the Opticron? I'd get over the extra expense if it was a better eyepiece.
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    Kowa Prominar TSN-3 : Value/ Info?

    I managed to pick up a TSN-4 in excellent for condition in the last few weeks for a great price. It came with the original 20-60 zoom which is really not a pleasant eyepiece to use. I'm looking at swapping for either the Kowa 30x TE-14WD or Opticron 28x 40831. Does anyone here have an opinion...
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    The Kowa Eyepiece Compatabiliy Thread

    Apologies all. I missed post #50 that pretty much answers my question above. 😳
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    The Kowa Eyepiece Compatabiliy Thread

    Hi All, I have a Kowa TSN-4 that I had intended on fitting with the Opticron HDF 40831 as others here have done. I picked the scope up recently for a song but the old 20-60 zoom is not great. The biggest issue I'm facing is Brexit related! While the 40831 is readily available in UK it is not...
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    Which Spring migrants have you seen?

    20+ Sand Martins over a lake here in Cork, Ireland and a solitary Alpine Swift over a local village. Upwards of 70 Alpine Swift have been reported through the country in the last week though.
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    How do you keep your lifelist, and what is included?

    I'm using Ebird. I know from experience that I have the type of personality where I convince myself the OP's approach is the one for me. I go at it wholeheartedly for a few weeks or months but ultimately my commitment wanes. I've done this numerous times with different interests! I find Ebird...
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    Searching for my first scope, will send karma points to those who helps.

    For me, I think that somewhere around the 25x mark gives decent reach while keeping the image enjoyable bright. The 18mm gives 24x on the Sv406p if I'm calculating correctly so that looks like a good option for me to try.
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    Searching for my first scope, will send karma points to those who helps.

    Excellent. Thanks for the really useful info! I replaced the zoom with a fixed eyepiece on my previous scope and found that I spent more time enjoying the view rather than constantly trying to find the sweet spot on the zoom. Looks like I will be ordering the 18mm UFF.
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    Searching for my first scope, will send karma points to those who helps.

    Thats interesting. I was looking at the 18mm recently Do you find much of a difference in the image between it and the 20-60 zoom at 24x?
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    Searching for my first scope, will send karma points to those who helps.

    I bought mine directly off the Svbony website. Waaay cheaper than anywhere else online and you get the option to pay a combined customs clearance and shipping fee so you don't have to worry about any additional charges when it gets here. All in, I paid €314 Inc shipping, VAT, customs, which is...
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    Strange Colured Pheasant

    Thanks for the replies all.
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    Strange Colured Pheasant

    It was taken yesterday at the Cabragh Wetlands Reserve near Thurles in Co Tipperary.
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    Strange Colured Pheasant

    First off, apologies for the image quality - it was taken with a phone through binoculars! I spotted this guy today at a wetland reserve and the colouring struck me as being unusual. He was a much lighter colour than a typical pheasant, similar to a golden cocker spaniel. The head colour was...
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    Flocking Cormorants?

    It was about 3pm or so. It was something I hadn't seen/noticed before but nice to see and also interesting to see the herons "drop what they were doing" and give chase.
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    Enjoy living in a place with a low bird density?

    Totally agree. I get as much relaxation and enjoyment watching the common garden birds at the feeder as I do seeking out the less common species to add the the years list.
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    Flocking Cormorants?

    Is it unusual to see Cormorants flying in large flocks and is there any significant reason for them to do this? I spotted a large flock of 50-60 birds in flight while driving yesterday. I pulled in to watch for a while and noticed they were flying the same pattern, over and over - back and...
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    Vixen Eyepiece on Bushnell Spacemaster

    I'm back proper birding after an absence of too many years. This return has been helped by a fantastic Christmas gift of a pair of Nikon Monarch M5 8x42's, which I love. The downside is that these binoculars have really shown up the shortcomings of my old Bushnell Spacemaster spotting scope...
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    Kowa Prominar TSN-3 : Value/ Info?

    That's the sort of image that it seems like it would look good through most scopes!
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    Hello from Cork, Ireland

    Thanks all. Hi Chipperoo, I've a couple of "fat ball" hanging feeders and a seed feeder - all hanging cylinder types. Plenty of blue and great tits, a group of 3-4 long tailed tits and the odd coal tit on the fat balls, chaffinches to beat the band as well as a few robins, blackbirds and the...
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    Hello from Cork, Ireland

    Hi all, Just a quick hello from Cork. A gift of a new pair of Nikon binos, a realisation that an hour spent watching the natural world through a lens is amazing stress relief, and the joy of watching my 4 & 7 year old competing to name the birds at the feeder - this is what has brought me...
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    Nikon prostaff 5 fieldscope 60

    Just checked a 67mm on an old Bushnell 60mm I have here and it fits fine. The internal diameter of the scope barrel is also 67mm at the end.
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