Saturday, 3 August 2013

For Sale

Useless photographer has the following for sale:

Opticron digiscoping kit. The camera is the Panasonic Lumix FS10 12MP in black. It is perfect and I retained all the packaging etc. The scope eyepiece adaptor is likewise perfect. The only missing aspect is the box that the boxed camera and adapter came in.

Cost £200 new.

Any reasonable offer considered.

New Canon SX50 'forces' sale.

And I also have a black Lumix FZ18 bridge camera, 18x zoom, 8MP that's in full working order, with a minor cosmetic dint to the front. Was about £250 new, four years ago.

Again, any reasonable offer considered.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Gulling at Arcot

If ever a title was set to raise a few extra web hits and p*ss off a few non-birders, this one's it.

I refer to the ornithological pursuit of Laridae, and nothing more.  Given Arcot Lane's reputation, the Urban Dictionary definition may apply, but not here.

So if you've arrived at this via Google and with an ulterior motive, this is one small way of getting my own back!

Anyway, visit two of three today was a Mega.

Little to get excited about initially, noisy Greylags, the usual suspects, demanding Little Grebe-lettes and the odd BHG dropping in.  One by one, from one to a half dozen and the occasional scan as part of the search for something exciting.

And then, a gull with a mottled head, and a red bill, and no black on the wing tips.  And, I am ashamed to say, a hurried attempt at a few shots and a text to the locals in the same manner as the Black Kite (like a fumbling schoolboy and his first Playtex!).

But what a stunner - and a Patch Lifer - and 122 for Cramlington for the year.

Gulling is great!  And to add another double entendre, I add that there was a red ring with white on it!  I refer, of course, to the bird's right leg, and PJJ1.

PS - the bird's from Poland.