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Stuart Ball
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Mandarin
Mandarin drake, Eye Green LNR, 31/10/2016, taken with Canon 80D, Canon 100-400mm f4-5-5.6L MkII at 300mm, f5.6, 1/1000s, ISO 800 Mandarins have been reported from time to time at Eye Green LNR (a disused clay pit just east of Peterborough) over at least the...

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Mandarin drake at Eye Green LNR, 31/10/2016
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Pholcus phalangioides, (Daddy long-legs spider) female with its egg capsule. This species used to be restricted to the SW peninsular in Britain, but has spread to at least southern Scotland. This one was in my airing cupboard.
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Focal length of digiscope revisited
I wrote a blog post about attempting to calculate the focal length of my digiscoping setup some time ago ( here ) for the DSLR setup I described in this blog post . I came to the conclusion that, with the telescope's eyepiece on its minimum magnification of...

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Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) in the garden
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Phoneskoping
I have an HTC one-V smartphone which runs Android 4.0.3. It has a 5 Mp camera (1552 x 2592 pixels) - which is not of tremendously good quality! Nevertheless, since I usually carry it when I am out birding, the idea of simply being able to slip it on to the ...

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Manfrotto 349 hide clamp
I am not sure exactly when I bought my hide clamp, but I think it was probably in the early 2000s. It is a Manfrotto 349 and is still available (for about £60 on Amazon - I think I paid £42 for mine, which indicates how long ago it was). It is a pretty simp...

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Carrying my tripod - strap and Cley Spy Mulepack
I have an aluminium Manfrotto tripod I inherited it from my father-in-law who died in 1999, so it must be getting on for 20 years old. I have changed the head on it for a more recent fluid video head (701RC2), but otherwise still does a good job both for my...

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Focus F-1 Quick Rapid shoulder sling
For a long time I have carried my photography gear in a rucksack style camera bag and it has generally worked pretty well for me. The main problem is the time that it takes to get gear out and start shooting. So I decided I needed to carry a camera already ...
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