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  • Secondhand optics/tripods for sale: Canon 400mm lens, Swarovski telescope & two Manfrotto tripods
  • The Birdwatcher's Yearbook 2022 - lecturer's listing
  • The Birdwatcher's Yearbook 2021 
  • Avifaunas, Atlases & Authors 
  • Looking for a gift? Bird/wildlife watching in Dorset 
  • Looking for an Autumn 2021 birdwatching break? 
  • Looking for a Spring 2022 birdwatching break? 
Optics/Tripods for sale 

All items have been used - if you are interested in any of them please contact me in the first instance and i can supply more information with regards to condition and price. 

Canon lens 

This lens surplus to requirements.

Canon EF400mm f5.6L USM telephoto lens

Telescope & two Tripods

I am also selling these items on behalf of the wife of a friend who passed away. 


Swarovski Habicht AT80 HD with 30x eyepiece

Manfrotto 144B legs with Manfrotto 128RC head

Manfrotto 718B  

The Birdwatcher's Yearbook 2022  - lecturer's listing

Do you offer talks and/or photographic products & services?

Work will be starting on the next edition of the Yearbook in early summer (draft cover below). If you would like to have a lecturers listing then contact us for details. The listing costs £25 which includes a copy of the Yearbook

Get your copy of the 41st edition of The Birdwatcher's Yearbook (2021) 

The cover price remains at £20.00 but order a copy here for £18.00 including 2nd class postage (other postage rates available) 

Go to 'The Birdwatcher's Yearbook' page to place an order


 A PUBLICATION from Calluna Books 

Avifaunas, Atlases & Authors: A Personal View of Local Ornithology in the United Kingdom, from the Earliest Times to 2019

Written by the author of Birds in Counties (2000), the book contains an account of the development of local ornithology, conforming with current recording areas, and including biographical details of authors. There is also a critical discussion of county atlases; an updated bibliography of local books and pamphlets; and listings of national and local journals.

  • ISBN 13:  978-0-9933477-5-7
  • Author: David Ballance
  • Size in mm: H297 plus W230 x spine 28mm (inc. wiro-binding)
  • Pages: 346
  • Weight: 1320gms
  • Binding: Wiro-bound paperback
  • Country of Manufacture: printed & bound in the UK
  • Age, A or C: Adult
  • Publication Date: 22nd February 2020
  • RRP: £25.00 + postage - contact us to order your copy 
Are you LOOKING FOR A GIFT for a birthday, anniversary or christmas or just as a special treat? 

What do you get the person who has everything... what about a day (or half-day) out bird/wildlife watching in Dorset? 

We can supply a 'voucher' that will include an example of an itinerary, a bird checklist and a covering letter to give on the special day. 

We will then contact the recipient to arrange a convenient date to go out. 

Check out the bird & wildlife guiding page. 


Photo: Firecrest - a species becoming more regular in parts of Dorset 

Photo: Bearded Tit - regularly seen at the Weymouth RSPB reserves 

Photo: Sika Deer in Purbeck 

Looking for an Autumn 2021 birdwatching break?

Due to Covid19 we are unsure yet if this trip will run in 2021 - check the Birdfinders website through the link below... 

Join Neil on a Birdfinders tour to: Tarifa, Southern Spain from 13th to 19th September 

Although the tour will concentrate on raptor migration as birds leave Europe for their African wintering grounds there will be an opportunity to see a variety of other species found in the area at this time of year. From Raptor Watching Viewpoints we should see hundreds, if not thousands, of birds of prey making their way south across the Strait of Gibraltar to the Moroccan coast including Booted and Short-toed Eagles, Black Kite, Honey-buzzard, Eurasian Griffon and Egyptian Vultures as well as Black and White Storks. We'll visit different habitats to look for Greater Flamingo, Black-shouldered Kite, White-headed Duck, Slender-billed and Audouin's Gulls, Little Swift, Eurasian Hoopoe, Calandra Lark and anything else that may be on the move.

For further information, to see a past trip report, or to register an interest/make a booking visit: 


Photo: Looking towards North Africa (Morocco) across the Strait of Gibraltar... 

Photo: ...Black Kite - one of the many raptor species that cross the Strait 

Looking for an Spring 2022 birdwatching break?

Join Neil on a Birdfinders tour: to Lesvos (28 April-5th May/tbc) or Southern Spain: Coto Donana/Extremadura (12th-19th May/tbc) 

The Lesvos tour coincides with the peak migration season when many species arrive to breed on the island or pass through on the way to their breeding grounds. The island holds a number of specialities including Isabelline Wheatear, Kruper's Nuthatch, Olive Tree Warbler, Ruppell's Warbler and Cinereous Bunting. Other birds we should see include Long-legged Buzzard, Red-footed Falcon, Little Crake, White-winged Tern, European Scop's Owl, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Collared Flycatcher, Sombre Tit, Eastern Olivaceous Warbler, Black-headed Bunting plus herons/egrets, waders and a good chance of a few rarities. Depending on the conditions during the tour, it can be possible to see around 140-160 species. 

Southern Spain has to be one of Europe's birding highlights and this tour is split between the Coto Donana area (a one hour drive SW of Seville) and the Trujillo area of Extremadura (a three hour drive N of Seville). We concentrate on wetland birds around the Coto Donana area - highlights here include White-headed Duck, Western Swamphen, Greater Flamingo plus various herons, egrets, waders, gulls and terns. We should also pick up a good selection of smaller birds including a variety of larks and warblers, and the localised Little Swift. In contrast, the area around Trujillo holds Little and Great Bustards, Bonelli's and Spanish Eagles, European Roller, Great Spotted Cuckoo and White-rumped Swift. Depending on the conditions during the tour, it can be possible to see around 150-170 species. 

For further information, to see a past trip report, or to register an interest/make a booking visit: 




Photo: small friendly groups... 

Photo: ...and great birds (Little Bittern)... 

Photo: ...on Lesvos and in Southern Spain (Hoopoe)