Panasonic Lumix G9 Photowalk

Ever the innovators, Panasonic has just introduced two new cameras to its flagship Lumix G line of mirrorless compact system cameras (CSC). You may recall I tested the top-end Lumix GH5 in the third quarter of 2017, and was very impressed with the camera… so when I received an invitation to a Photo Walk in […]

Ireland: Europe’s undiscovered wildlife frontier

Perched on the northwestern edge of Europe, Ireland is world renowned for its stunning vistas, dramatic Atlantic headlands and breathtaking coastal scenery. But when it comes to wildlife tourism, Ireland simply isn’t on most people’s radar.

Panasonic Lumix GH5 & Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm

Pros: Professional build quality and comprehensive feature set, incredibly compact and light for an 800mm 35mm equivalent focal length setup, fast accurate autofocus, superb image stabilisation in the body and the lens made hand-holding at long focal lengths possible. Did I mention it was compact and light. Cons: Autofocus sometimes struggled to isolate small subjects […]

Seeing is Believing: WIN a pair of Vanguard Endeavor EDII 10×42 binoculars

Ireland’s Wildlife has teamed up with Vanguard to bring you a fantastic photo competition with a superb prize. We’re thrilled to introduce our “Seeing is believing…” wildlife photography competition. We are looking for your best photographs that capture nature’s wild side! The prize is an amazing pair of Vanguard Endeavor ED II 10×42 binoculars, worth €400. Email […]

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 […]

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