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Old Saturday 2nd March 2019, 16:28   #26
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I had my 10x50 Nobilem with me a week ago on a sunny day. I have been at the former Remagen bridge over the Rhine river where US Forces crossed the Rhine river for the first time in WW2. Fantastic view from the hill above the bridge over the Rhine valley.
There are like free lounge chairs available so I could watch all those high altitude airliners like three A380s at one time, all Emirates airline, while myself relaxing in the sunshine.
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Old Saturday 2nd March 2019, 16:59   #27
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Late today while getting some exercise I could hear two Mistle Thrushes singing above the sound of the gusting strong wind. They are known for determindly singing in stormy weather and for this reason are called Storm Cock in some parts of the UK. Finally got to see one using Meopta MeoStar 10x32s and wow this was a dark one with its breast almost obliterated by overlapping dark spots. A Buzzard flew over and the Mistle uttered a couple of their 'rattle' calls and casually flew off. A lovely bird.

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Old Saturday 2nd March 2019, 17:54   #28
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If you ever shove your binos in your trouser's pocket, make sure its the Victory Pockets and not the Meopta 12x50s...

Just sayin'...

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Very funny! to help my trousers not to come down when pocketting the meoptas, I have already tried hard with Bushnell Legend 8x26 and Nikon Travellite 8x25. They were not otherwise too bad but found them both awful to use because of exit pupil.

On that score for some reason sightron 8x32 (and all their clones, also being very consistent for proper alignment except Pentax 8x36) are exceptionally easy to use, even against x42. They are plenty bright and very sharp too, with nice colour and think they only miss out against the expensive bigger ones for blurring towards the edges. Very light and terrific value, but unfortunately they still won't quite so easily go into a pocket.
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Old Saturday 2nd March 2019, 18:14   #29
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Late today while getting some exercise I could hear two Mistle Thrushes singing above the sound of the gusting strong wind. They are known for determindly singing in stormy weather and for this reason are called Storm Cock in some parts of the UK. Finally got to see one using Meopta MeoStar 10x32s and wow this was a dark one with its breast almost obliterated by overlapping dark spots. A Buzzard flew over and the Mistle uttered a couple of their 'rattle' calls and casually flew off. A lovely bird.

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Nice tips about markings and calls, thank you. If one is not so lucky it does need to be quiet to hear such sounds above the cars, and dark to see the stars too.

Slightly off topic I know but I was hoping that brexit might just restore that world of Wind in the Willows and warm beer and sawdust, but the MPs seem to be winning after all!

The happy highways where I went
And cannot come again.

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Old Saturday 2nd March 2019, 19:38   #30
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Today I've packed the Nikon E (C) 12x40 to enjoy the acrobatic diving of the gannets, but I've been unlucky and the gannets were nowhere to be found. Nevertheless, right on the verge of a cliff some 100 m above the sea level I have enjoyed some utterly elegant Audouin gulls soaring by. But the best for the last: on the way back home, on a bushy area I've spotted a Balearic warbler, a species not as usual as the very common Sardinian warbler and its cousin, the blackcap. The 12x40 wouldn't have been an obvious choice for that particular patch of bushy forest, with pretty tight vegetation, but the moment I have located the Balearic warbler I've been able to feast my eyes on the grace of its chubby body, constantly upward looking tail, red ocular ring and orange legs. It's been the first time I've seen on in such detail, a memorable moment.
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Old Sunday 3rd March 2019, 04:33   #31
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Slightly off topic I know but I was hoping that brexit might just restore that world of Wind in the Willows and warm beer and sawdust, but the MPs seem to be winning after all!
Would that Nigel, Boris, Jacob and the other architects of Brexit truly were the eccentric, yet ultimately harmless English country gents depicted in that well-loved book. But the future they are so astutely manoeuvering us towards, I fear, is one from the pages of Dickens rather than those of Grahame.
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Old Sunday 3rd March 2019, 08:01   #32
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Gentlemen, you create delightful images to make your points but Brexit definitely belongs on Ruffled Feathers.

Meanwhile, what did we see through our binoculars today?

We have a pair of Blackbirds that regard our back garden as part of their territory and every morning the male has a bath in an old pot sink that we have part buried in the ground, and which usually has a couple of Palmate Newts in it under the stones we placed there for the birds to land on. The sink has been full of water due to recent rains and the Blackbird has a fine old time in it. Sure enough, there he was about half an hour ago, facing first in one direction and splashing with his wings and then turning the other way to repeat. Oddly his missus always bathes in our pond and doesn't seem attracted to the little old sink.

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Old Sunday 3rd March 2019, 10:36   #33
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A pair of Long-tailed Tits with nesting material.
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Old Sunday 3rd March 2019, 12:40   #34
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A pair of gold finches on my niger seed bird feeder. This is really exciting for me as I put the feeder up about 6 months ago and it's had no interest at all and then yesterday I saw this pair of gold finches on it and they were back again this morning and I was able to take these photos. Taken on my old canon s3is with an additional 3.2x front mounted extender, so not great quality. Even though it's a miserable wet day the pair looked stunning through the binoculars.
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Old Sunday 3rd March 2019, 16:19   #35
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mpeace, lovely photos.

3.03 a.m. this morning fox turns up. I grab the Swift 8.5x44 HR/5.
Then his friend turns up.
Good view in binocular.
I grab camera.
First fox gets on its hind legs and looks in street rubbish bin aperture.
The rubbish bins have been emptied so the fox is only on its hind legs for four seconds.
Unfortunately the rubbish bin is black and the road surface is also blackish.
So the camera does not lock onto focus.
Good exposure. 0.6 secs f/2.8 1600 ISO. Canon G15 3.04 a.m.
Only managed one out of focus photo, but general features seen.

The next photo is a bit interesting.
Fox crosses road at about 8 ft per second.
So in the 0.6 seconds camera exposure, one gets a photo of an animal that looks like an 8ft long small brown alligator. Also not in focus.
We don't have many brown alligators around here, but someone might believe it.

Third photo blank as the fox is too fast for me.
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Old Sunday 3rd March 2019, 16:26   #36
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Cleaned mine before next weekend’s trip to Speyside. Male Bully looked ruddy handsome in the back garden after.
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Decided to commit to bird feeders in the garden and late yesterday cleaned and started up a largeish-plant-pot sized fountain, then hung two seed feeders; followed this morning with two half coconuts with suet, all about 3-4m outside our conservatory.
So I'm sat on the sofa in the living room late morning watching the athletics, at my side 9x63 Inpro bins. It's about 30m to the feeders from there but wife is wandering about through the conservatory to utility. Bit rainy so I wasn't too hopeful especially as the sound of the fountain was redundant.
And then

Never have I been so excited to see ... a pair of great tits, then a pair of blue tits
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Old Sunday 3rd March 2019, 22:45   #38
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Decided to commit to bird feeders in the garden and late yesterday cleaned and started up a largeish-plant-pot sized fountain, then hung two seed feeders; followed this morning with two half coconuts with suet, all about 3-4m outside our conservatory.
So I'm sat on the sofa in the living room late morning watching the athletics, at my side 9x63 Inpro bins. It's about 30m to the feeders from there but wife is wandering about through the conservatory to utility. Bit rainy so I wasn't too hopeful especially as the sound of the fountain was redundant.
And then

Never have I been so excited to see ... a pair of great tits, then a pair of blue tits
Have to admit that a pair of great tits never disappoint.
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Old Monday 4th March 2019, 00:16   #39
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A pair of Long-tailed Tits with nesting material.
The long-tailed tit is such a pretty little bird, I love it every time when I see them.
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Old Monday 4th March 2019, 00:18   #40
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Pair of great horned owls.
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Old Monday 4th March 2019, 07:55   #41
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The long-tailed tit is such a pretty little bird, I love it every time when I see them.
This species is one of our all-time favourites too and we are lucky enough to have them visit our garden and feeders quite regularly.

We have allowed an old Hawthorn hedge to grow into a row of trees now and the branches now reach out fairly close to the window of the upstairs room that is our main room. Yesterday me and Troubadoris took a break from from tasks to look from the window of the room down at our two ponds but what caught our attention was a single Long-tail that landed on the tips of the branch close to the window. We have seen this species hundreds of times but every new time we see it we just can't help but fall for it all over again.

Last year we had what must have been a family group on one of our feeders: there were 8 of them and how none of them got face-swiped by another's tail was a miracle but they get plenty of practice in their nest which has a closed top! How do they manage all those tails inside an enclosed space like that?

Beautiful birds.

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Old Monday 4th March 2019, 17:21   #42
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Thirteen adults and 7 juveniles in just half of the tree.
Alaska must be amazing. (Actually this looks like the same photo you must have posted last March, which I liked so much I saved it!) We saw two bald eagles near a local pond a couple of weeks ago, which someone said had just mated briefly, though we missed that. But they're just not as photogenic on a big power pole.

Walking the neighborhood yesterday after the snow I saw robins, magpies, chickadees, and Stellar jays as usual, juncos, a group of starlings (less usual), and a flicker preening on a treetrunk, much closer than I normally get (and he didn't fly off), really lovely in my 10x32 UVHD+. Feathers fluffed out in the cold (~15*F), amazing detail on the spotted feathers of the belly. Now I should start carrying a camera as well?

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Pair of great horned owls.
Great photo. I'd love to hear how people take these. (From what distance, lugging what gear?)
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Have to admit that a pair of great tits never disappoint.
double lol....
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That bird is no laughing matter, read the article "Great tits are killing birds and eating their brains".
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Amazing to see such potential for resurgence of the Bald Eagle. In Uk I guess the Red Kite fills a similar slot and since its reintroduction outside Wales it has spread very quickly.

Here the Chough is my favourite bird and, next to the Raven, it is also most easily seen in Wales and the margins of human habitation. Apparently it also used to be widespread, but perhaps it needs conditions which are unlikely ever to be brought back more generally to provide it's specialised diet.

Since the kite has done so well it might not take too much to bring back the Raven too. Its reputation has not been helped by the Tower of London, but it is said to be omnivorous and the kite has shown that it can coexist with buzzards. Perhaps this demonstrates how street cred. rules our environment too...
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Robin nest site prospecting in the Ivy growing up the garage, they nested in the garden last year and fledged three, fingers crossed more success this year.
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The first swallow of the season (hooray!). Few things mark the seasons in a more visual way than the first swallow or the last swift. I think this is one of the reasons why we watch birds, ultimately to feel we are alive and move together with the seasons and the years.
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Yesterday a male and female Siskin visited our feeders. These little finches are just delightful and pretty spunky too. The male arrived first on the feeder where a male Bullfinch was already feeding perched on the opposite side. The Bullfinch leaned around the feeder and opened its beak in a threat display. I have seen Greenfinch and Chaffinch flee from this threat but the little Siskin just leaned over and responded with its own open beak then continued feeding. The Bullfinch fed for another minute or so then flew off to bathe in our pond and thats when the female Siskin joined the male on the feeder.

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