ZEISS Victory SF 10×42 Binocular Review

Calvin Jones puts Zeiss’s flagship Victory SF binocular through its paces and sees how this “Alpha” optic measures up to life in the field in West Cork.

Gear Review: Vanguard Endeavor Bags

Pros: Designed with the birder / nature enthusiast in mind. Neutral olive colours and robust, non-rustle fabrics, thoughtful design. Insulated food pocket inspired. With three sizes in the range there’s a bag for every occasion Cons: Hard to find anything specific to fault here… a couple of spurious features I’d question the usefulness of, but none […]

Arctic interloper stuns Irish wildlife enthusiasts

The discovery of a bearded seal in the small West Cork town of Timoleague late last week left Irish wildlife enthusiasts stunned, and led to widespread speculation about what it was doing so far south of its Arctic range. If you watch wildlife regularly you learn to expect the unexpected, and yet nature retains an […]

How to see more wildlife

There’s something a little bit special about a wildlife encounter. It taps into a childlike sense of wonder that all too often remains hidden beneath our sensible adult facade. For a brief moment we’re transported to a simpler, more natural world, and reminded of how we fit into it. It’s a thrilling experience, and a […]

Kite Caiman 8×42 Binocular Review

Pros: Solid entry-level binocular that’s comfortable and easy to use. Light, yet robust, this is an easy to handle binocular with good all-round ergonomics. Optically it delivers an impressively bright, sharp image across most of the wide field of view. Neutral colour balance, great contrast and minimal chromatic aberration. Cons: Slight “halo” effect on the periphery […]

Wishing you all a WILD St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is, naturally, a special day here in Ireland… and is celebrated by Irish people and people of Irish descent all over the world. And while St. Patrick is perhaps best known for reducing Ireland’s biodiversity (thanks to him we have no snakes in Ireland, after all), let’s not forget that St. Patrick’s […]

Wildlife Highlights of 2016

2016 was a fantastic year for wildlife on the West Cork stretch of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Calvin Jones takes a look back at some of the highlights…. With 2017 well underway I’m looking forward to the wonderful wildlife encounters the year undoubtedly has in store, but I also can’t help looking back at the […]

New collection of wildlife and nature writing published

Regular readers will know that I’ve been publishing articles profiling Irish wildlife on the back page of one of Ireland’s most popular weekly magazine, Ireland’s Own, since way back in 2001. Over the years I’ve had many letters from readers of the magazine asking if there was anywhere they could buy a collection of these […]

Vanguard Endeavor EDIV 10×42 Binocular Review

Pros: Great ergonomics, excellent build quality and superb optics combine to make this the best Vanguard binocular yet. Sharp detailed views across an expansive field of view. Vivid contrast and natural colours with no colour fringing. New SK15 prisms give noticeably brighter view than predecessor. Protective hydrophobic coatings shield lenses and make cleaning a breeze. Cons: Very […]

Christmas gifts with a wildlife twist

You know it’s coming. Big commercial brands have been pushing it since October, and yet somehow this most surreptitious of holidays still creeps under your radar. One day you glance at the calendar… and PANIC! Yes, Christmas is just around the corner, and with it the challenge of choosing something different, unusual and thoughtful for […]

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