Nice! I actually meant grasshoppers...couldn't find the right English, sorry...is locust American?
Pfff, I'll stick to Dutch in this animal category first, thank you, hard enough as it is! I'm starting to love these little critters, same for dragonflies...and spiders...and and and...
Lee, what snake is that? I don't know European snakes at all but it looks a bit physically similar to, and quite ecologically similar to, North American Nerodia, a genus of aquatic fish eaters.
About the snake above. It has round pupils. To my knowledge vipers have cats eyes pupils. As least they do in North America.
I have a pair of Kowa BDii-XD 6.5x32 and love them but have a question. Look down the barrel and you will see the metal ring that protrudes into the barrel, I think its the prism frame. It's not blackened or finished in any way. Any one noticed this and does it effect the image adversely?
I don't like the short strap so I replaced it - no big deal.
I'm not an expert but your pics and those posted by pbjosh look just like my Kowa 6.5x32. So, If I understand your question, there does not seem to be any "defect" in your sample of the Kowa, it's just the way they are made and the level of attention given to blackening the interior.
I have several bins in the $400 price range and IMO the Kowa 6.5 x32 is good quality at that price level. However, not everyone who has tried them can tolerate the compromises to achieve the close focus and very wide FoV design which apparently result in glare and somewhat odd distortion.
Hope this helps.