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

They did ‘Lord of the Wings’, and now it’s ‘Darth Wader’, a witty, birdy T-shirt with more than a hint of Star Wars about it. Tough and func­tional, you can have your Darth Wader on char­coal or ensign blue 100% cot­ton. You get the de­sign big on the back and small on the front. Th­ese are uni­sex T-shirts, avail­able from small to ex­tra-large. Avail­able from bit.ly/29xcltk

Th­ese high-per­for­mance ac­ces­sories for Le­ica binoc­u­lars in­clude a neck strap (£40), and a har­ness-style strap (£60) for ex­tra sup­port. Made of non-slip neo­prene, they’re con­toured for a bet­ter fit on the neck and shoul­ders, and are easy to ad­just. They come in four colours – Pitch Black, Choco­late Brown, Juicy Orange and Olive Green. le­ica-sportop­tics.com If your cam­era is one of Fuji’s X Se­ries, and you’re feel­ing flush, take a look at this su­per-tele­photo zoom. This weath­er­re­sis­tant lens has a 35mm equiv­a­lent zoom range of 152-609 mm. It in­cludes ED lenses for ex­tra sharp­ness and less chro­matic aber­ra­tion, wa­ter-re­pel­lant coat­ing on the front lens, five-stop im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion, and quiet, fast auto-fo­cus­ing. It will fo­cus down to 1.75m and weighs 1,375g. And if you need even more reach, and have a bit more bud­get to spend, cou­ple it with the XF 1.4x tele­con­verter, for a 213-853mm zoom range! bit.ly/2aikepm There’s a new range of binoc­u­lar bags from Le­ica, launched this sum­mer and made in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Aneas, an up­mar­ket French lug­gage maker. Th­ese stylish, tough bags are de­signed for Le­ica’s 42 mm binoc­u­lars. They are hand­made in top-notch can­vas with lux­u­ri­ous leather trim. The look is el­e­gant and clas­sic, but th­ese bags will keep the weather out, too. You can have one in green or brown. le­ica-sportop­tics.com We know we’re just start­ing sum­mer, but this is one for the win­ter – a qual­ity, in­su­lated vest stuffed with 80% duck down and 20% feath­ers. Feath­ers pro­vide great in­su­la­tion – just ask any Eider! They are not heavy and can be com­pressed, mak­ing the Tun­dra vest a light­weight, highly pack­able piece of warmth. The fab­ric is wa­ter-re­pel­lant and good at keep­ing the wind out, and you can pack it into its own built-in pack pocket. Avail­able in Norse blue, in small, medium or large. bit.ly/2a1ylcn For just £15 you can kit your­self out with wrap around 100% UV pro­tec­tion for your eyes. The Kruger does more than that though. It comes with three sets of lenses, so you can change from dark, to clear – if you just want to keep the wind and in­sects out, or to yel­low, which im­proves def­i­ni­tion in low light. And at this price, you’re not go­ing to be too wor­ried about them get­ting dam­aged so you can just get on with the adventure! They come com­plete with a soft stor­age bag. alp­kit.com/prod­ucts/kruger This trail cam­era has a unique, slim pro­file (it’s about 25 mm deep), and is slightly curved and cam­ou­flaged, so it’s less con­spic­u­ous if you strap it to a tree for ex­am­ple. It has 12 megapix­els of res­o­lu­tion, HD video, and an in­frared ‘black flash’ – so you can take pic­tures, in the dark, too. The shut­ter mech­a­nism is al­most silent and the bat­tery lasts for six months on stand-by. Your im­ages are stored on an SD card and all the in­nards are wrapped up in tough, weath­er­proof poly­car­bon­ate. Avail­able from all Mi­nox deal­ers. Mi­nox.com

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