Wish List

Es­sen­tial gear to spend your hard-earned cash on this month

Bird Watching (UK) - - Contents - WORDS DAVID CHAN­DLER

This month’s bird­ing good­ies in­clude binoc­u­lars, hats, bags and cam­eras

SWAROVSKI CL COM­PAN­ION NOMAD BINOC­U­LARS £2,070

A new look for the CL Com­pan­ions – the Nomad look. These hand-crafted bins have veg­etable-tanned leather ar­mour, ti­ta­nium clos­ing rings and screw com­po­nents, a leather strap, and a leather field bag, and come in an en­graved wooden box made with PEFC cer­ti­fied Oak. Swarovski even pro­vide beeswax to help you look af­ter the leather case. The binoc­u­lars are avail­able as 8x30 and 10x30.

https://uk.swarovskiop­tik.com/

COT­TON CAR­RIER SKOUT SLING HAR­NESS £80

If you want to carry your cam­era or binoc­u­lar in a se­cure way but keep it ac­ces­si­ble dur­ing more ac­tive pur­suits, this could do the job for you. You wear the har­ness around your torso, and use the patented Twist & Lock mech­a­nism to at­tach your cam­era or binoc­u­lar. Avail­able in camo or char­coal grey.

in­tro2020.co.uk

CLOTH­ING WASH REPEL – CLOTH­ING 2 IN 1 £9.99

It’s Blue­sign ap­proved (shouldn’t that be Green­sign re­ally?), wa­ter based and “en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble”. If you ever wash your filthy bird­ing gear, one wash with this stuff will clean it up and re­proof it, sav­ing time, en­ergy and wa­ter. You are meant to tum­ble dry or iron the gar­ment to ac­ti­vate the proof­ing though – tum­ble dry­ing is rec­om­mended to max­imise wa­ter re­pel­lency. It can be used on all fab­rics in­clud­ing Gore-tex. The bot­tle is re­cy­clable, too.

grangers.co.uk

CHUMS STINGRAY CAM­ERA AND PHONE FLOAT £7.99

That nice com­pact cam­era may be wa­ter­proof, but that doesn’t mean it won’t sink all the way to the very deep bot­tom of what­ever you’re float­ing on or stand­ing be­side. At­tach to your wrist for max­i­mum pro­tec­tion. But even un­at­tached, as long as the cam­era isn’t too heavy (test it in shal­low wa­ter), you won’t lose it when it jumps over­board. Avail­able in black or yel­low.

boy­los.co.uk

TIL­LEY TEC-WOOL HAT £80

This Til­ley has their usual life­time guar­an­tee and is hand­made in Canada. It also has a clever mem­brane that opens when it’s hot to let heat and mois­ture es­cape, and stays closed when it’s cool to keep your bird­ing brain warm. It keeps the wind and rain out, and has tuck-away ear warm­ers, a sweat-wick­ing head­band, in­ter­nal size-ad­just­ment and a se­cret pocket. But as I’ve told you, it’s not so se­cret. In rust or black.

til­ley.com

CAM RANGER MINI £230

This cun­ning wid­get en­ables you to op­er­ate most Canon or Nikon DSLRS with a smart­phone or tablet from as far as 120 me­tres away. You can leave your cam­era in-situ, head to the tea-room, and take your pics from there! It works with a free (re­vamped) IOS/ An­droid app – to­gether they make their own Wi-fi net­work. You can change your aper­ture set­ting, shut­ter speed, white bal­ance, ISO and more from the com­fort of the tea-room. The bat­tery lasts around 3-4 hours.

in­tro2020.co.uk

LOWE­PRO WHISTLER BP 350 AW £327

This is one for pho­tog­ra­phers who carry se­ri­ous kit into se­ri­ous en­vi­ron­ments. It’s tough, con­fig­urable and ver­sa­tile, and if you need even more pro­tec­tion there’s an all-weather cover. The main ac­cess is from the back – so you lay it down on its front, keep­ing the back out of the muck. The Whistler will carry other stuff as well as the cam­era gear – in the ex­pand­able front pocket and via the heavy duty at­tach­ment sys­tem for ex­am­ple. 2.97kg. In­ter­nal: 23.2x16x35.3cm.

lowe­pro.com

CRAGHOPPERS WOMEN’S MISKA V HALF ZIP FLEECE £35

One for your Christ­mas list maybe? This half-zip mi­crofleece comes in nine colours in­clud­ing warm gin­ger and win­ter­berry. I won­der who comes up with the names for the colours… What­ever colour you choose, the Miska is vel­vety, soft and cosy and only weighs 290g. It’s 100% polyester but is re­cy­cled fleece – well done Craghoppers. Wash & Wear it says – well, what else would you do? Life guar­an­tee. Sizes 8-20.

craghoppers.com

NIKON Z6 FULL-FRAME CAM­ERA £2,099 BODY ONLY

The tough, weather-sealed 24.5MP Z6 (and the £3,399 Z7) will see peo­ple di­vorc­ing their DSLRS. Its 55mm lens mount lets more light in, its aut­o­fo­cus works on 90% of the frame and “fast-mov­ing sub­jects are tracked with ab­so­lute pre­ci­sion in any light”. What a claim. You can shoot at 12 fps, there’s five-axis Vi­bra­tion Re­duc­tion and an “ul­tra-bright, ul­tra-sharp” EVF. And the FTZ mount adapter means you can use those F-mount Nikkor lenses you love so much… 134x 100x 67.5mm, 675g.

nikon.co.uk

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