What binocular brand(s) do you use?

Leica Noctivid 10x42 For a forthcoming project on binoculars, I have been running a single question survey aiming to see what binocular brands are birdwatchers and wildlife lovers are using. The results will be used for the projects and will widely be published online. Your input and sharing this post would be greatly appreciated.

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Biggest surprises at the British BirdFair

I have been attending the British BirdFair for many years now but I have never experienced such a strong competition in the optics market like this year. Today I spent the whole morning in the optics marquee to explore great quality binoculars and the surprise wasn't all about the big brands like Zeiss, Swarovski or [...]

The Long-billed Dowitcher is getting colourful

When life shits into the fan, the best is to leave everything behind and go out birding. So, off I went to Lincolnshire after seeing some cracking photos of the long-staying Long-billed Dowitcher at Frampton Marsh RSPB Reserve. Sun breaks the horizons a couple minutes earlier every day so the season of really early birding [...]

More thoughts on the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV camera performance

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV camera is an excellent companion for any birdwatchers especially travelling birders and despite having its weaknesses, it delivers decent photos in good light conditions. Last June I posted some results and thoughts on the capability of this camera and now I add some more below. Autofocus The Sony RX10 IV [...]

Iceland Gull for Christmas

Yesterday a 2nd winter Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides) was found by a local birder at the Newton Leys small lake near the landfill. My health challenges didn't allow to do my usual birding routine in the last few weeks, but the Christmas shopping at the local ASDA superstore was a good excuse to grab a camera [...]

9 Species to the Western Palearctic 500: What can 2019 bring?

With just 9 species to reach my Western Palearctic 500 milestone, I summarized the potential resident species to be added to my WP list, some of them, hopefully, in 2019. I have not had many birding trips within the Western Palearctic ever since I started travelling for birds, but a comprehensive trip to Turkey/Georgia and [...]

A long awaited lifer: the Little Auk

The easterly winds have always been very exciting in the United Kingdom especially this time of the year when rarities are popping in. For the weekend I had two potential life birds to go for within a reasonable reach. One was the Leach's Storm Petrel and the Little Auk. I monitored the report rate at [...]

My contribution to the Global Shorebird Counting in Norfolk

Norfolk has always been a rewarding region in the United Kingdom for finding waders for the Global Shorebird Counting Program. Following an exceptional experience with thousands of them at the Snettisham, I headed east to the Hunstanton Cliffs which area is good for waders at low tide. As expected, there were quite a few Eurasian [...]