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  • Birding with a Novice Part 2: Not Quite Ready to Fall Off the Perch
    February 13, 2024

    Birding with a Novice Part 2: Not Quite Ready to Fall Off the Perch

    Last week at work, we were chatting over where I am with my desire to go birding and what my next step should be. Having had a couple of weeks entertaining a new strain of covid, I had time to consider lashing out my hard earned cash on a pair of binoculars of my own. We were discussing the options within my price range when my boss (40 years younger than me) suggested that I get a move on as starting a new hobby at my age (70) doesn’t leave me much time. Now, I'm sure it was said in jest but it got me thinking...

     

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  • Picture of Siskin at a bird feeder- RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch- South West Optics
    January 23, 2024

    Exploring Nature's Beauty: RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

    Step into the captivating realm of birdwatching, where each wingbeat and song forms a tapestry of nature's marvels. In this blog post, we'll delve into the excitement of participating in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch—an annual event connecting individuals with the diverse birdlife in their own backyards.
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  • Birding with a Novice- South West Optics
    October 22, 2023

    Birding with a Novice: Join Me as I Stumble My Way into Birding for the First Time

    I’ve always had an interest in nature and wildlife in general. I was born in Paignton, Devon, but spent my early years living in the Essex countryside. Where we lived, there were no real made up roads and very few neighbours so consequently I spent a lot of my childhood roaming the fields alone looking for things to do (or mischief as my grandparents called it).
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  • The Best Thermal Monocular for Wildlife Observation
    September 27, 2023

    The Best Thermal Monocular for Wildlife Observation

    During our lifetimes, there have been some major revolutions in the equipment used in the field by birdwatchers and wildlife observers. The performance of affordable binoculars and telescopes has improved exponentially in recent decades, even tripods have become lighter, sturdier and much more practical (especially with carbon fibre models being used). Then there was the dawn of digital cameras, after which every wildlife watcher could now be a photographer (whether via digiscoping, phonescoping, DSLR or bridge cameras and more recently mirrorless systems). Birdwatchers have started becoming bird listeners with high quality digital audio equipment and brilliant apps to match.

    And now, the use of thermal imagers is sweeping the world of wildlife observation.

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