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Islandergirl (1 Viewer)


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Hi to everyone on Birdforum,

I am new to birding but am learning from some great birders here on the Isle of Wight. Started out as a keen photographer but when you see some fantastic birds through the lens you just want to know more. I want to get some nice photo's but my lens is a little short. Does anyone know anything about the Tamron 200-500 lens, or the Sigma 170-500. Any thoughts would be helpful. There are some great birds here but as I'm new dont know many by name.

KC Foggin

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Hello Islandgirl and a warm welcome to you from those of us on staff here at BirdForum :t:

I think both these lenses have been discussed in our Optics Forum so take a look there and if you cannot find it, just post a new thread in that forum ;)

Jos Stratford

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salty said:
i had the 170-500 sigma once, it was a great lens!

Didn't you have the entire UK range of lenses at one time or another :bounce: Howz the 100-400 going? Taking offers yet?


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Birding on Island

DavidP said:
Welcome to the site, lots of good info.

I hope you already know of 2 great sites for the island



Great place to bird


Thanks for your welcome David. I have visited these sites a few times now. I met Derek Hale on the Bembridge ponds walk and he was so interesting to talk to. We spent a while watching a Kingfisher perched on a branch over the pond and swooping down to feed for quite a while. Derek got a great photo of it through his digiscope, and I got a distant one although I was well pleased.


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Hi Islandergirl,

Just like to add my welcome. The island is a great place to bird and has some good birds as well as those red squirrels. I try to get some birding done whenever I'm down there visiting my folks, its the only chance I get to add Dartford Warbler to the year list.

Look forward to hearing your reports.


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