WISH LIST New stuff to spend your hard-earned cash on this month

Bird Watching (UK) - - Gear - WORDS: KIRK PAR­SONS

£205 AP­PROX MI­NOX’S new DTC 700 wildlife cam­era not only takes great pic­tures, but takes a lot of the has­sle out of re­align­ment too. The mount comes as a sep­a­rate unit that pro­tects the cam­era from the el­e­ments, and al­lows easy re­moval of the cam­era for ad­just­ing set­tings, while keep­ing it aimed on tar­get when you put it back. It fea­tures an in­vis­i­ble in­frared flash, USB con­nec­tiv­ity, and a bat­tery life of over six months. mi­nox.com RSPB OWL PLANT POT COVER, £8.99 The RSPB shop has a wide range of bird-re­lated giftware, gar­den or­na­ments and more. This ce­ment plant pot cover can hold a pot mea­sur­ing up to 13cm di­am­e­ter and 11cm deep, giv­ing a bird­ing look to your win­dowsills. shop­ping.rspb.org.uk £309.95 The Ital­ian equip­ment man­u­fac­turer has launched the new 190Go! Car­bon Fi­bre, which is even lighter and eas­ier for travel. It fea­tures a 90° col­umn and four leg an­gles to en­able to you to get lower to the ground, reach­ing a min­i­mum height of 7cm, and the com­pany says the twist lock­ing sys­tem means easy open­ing and clo­sure of the leg locks in one hand move­ment. manfrotto.co.uk FREE This app for iphones and ipads is the per­fect way to in­tro­duce young­sters to the joys of pond-dip­ping, open­ing their eyes to the wealth of wildlife to be found in their back gar­dens or school ponds. You can iden­tify finds, com­pare looka­likes, ac­cept chal­lenges, or up­load pho­tos for other users to see. Plus, there’s free down­load­able ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­rial for teach­ers and chil­dren alike to use. £12.95 Birds have al­ways been a great source of in­spi­ra­tion for artists: flight, eggs, nests, feath­ers and bird­song. Fea­tur­ing all kinds of birds, from the small­est Wrens to colour­ful ex­otics, The Book of the Bird cel­e­brates the bird in art with an el­e­gant col­lec­tion of paint­ings, il­lus­tra­tions and pho­to­graphs. Bird sym­bol­ism is ex­plored, too – the gift of flight as­so­ci­ated with free­dom, the Raven as an am­bas­sador from Hades, and owls as por­tents of death, when they are not stand­ing in for wis­dom and in­tu­ition. lau­rencek­ing.com

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