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Bird Watching (UK) - - Gear - WORDS: DAVID CHAN­DLER

Note­books don’t need bat­ter­ies, can be slipped into a pocket, are easy to write and sketch on and there are still bird­watch­ers who use them! Castelli’s ivory range has off-white FSC mix pages and in­cludes pocket note­books with a rib­bon page marker, an elas­tic clos­ing loop, a pocket inside the back cover, and a loop for the nice, chunky retro pen­cil that comes with it. You can even choose a de­sign. castelli.co.uk. Don’t write-off 50mm scopes – they are small and light and if you have never tried one, you may be sur­prised at their per­for­mance. This one is about 25cm long, weighs just 700g and comes in straight and an­gled de­signs. The op­tics are fully multi-coated and it has di­elec­tric coat­ing on the prisms. You can digis­cope with it and it has dual-fo­cussing for ex­tra pre­ci­sion. Close-fo­cus is an im­pres­sive 2.5m. It comes with a stay-on case, too, which is very handy. hawkeop­tics.com/na­ture.

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